In this study, a challenging preconcentration/separation method based on the sorption of manganese on ethylene glycol dimethacrylatemethacrylic acid copolymer (EGDMA-MA) treated with ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (APDC) and its slurry analysis by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry was described. Optimum conditions for quantitative sorption, as well as for preparing a homogeneous and stable slurry were investigated. A 100-fold enrichment factor could be reached. The analyte element in certified sea-water and bovine-liver samples were determined in the range of 95% confidence level. The proposed technique is fast, simple, and the risk of contamination is low. The limit of detection of the method for manganese in the slurry of the blank subjected to the proposed procedure was 0.07 μg L-1 (3δ, N:10) corresponding to 0.56 μg kg-1 slurry. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.