Reporting Limit (RL)?is the lowest concentration at which an analyte can be detected in a sample and its concentration can be reported with a reasonable degree of accuracy and precision. A criterion of ? 20% accuracy and 20% RSD for replicate determinations is often used to define ?reasonable?. The acceptable ranges depend somewhat on the analytical methodology used. For samples that do not pose a particular matrix problem, the RL is typically about three to five times higher than the MDL. Similar to the MDL, the RL is a laboratory-specific number, which may change with time. When a sample has to be diluted before analysis, either because of matrix problems or to get the instrument response within the linear dynamic range, the RL is raised by a factor corresponding to the dilution factor. The RL should generally be below any regulatory limits, but notifying the lab of reporting limit requirements is highly recommended.