Syringe connected-minicolumn (SCM) method for the preconcentration/separation of iron and lead prior to their determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) was developed. The proposed method is substituted for classical batch and column methods. The method proposed was compared with the column method with respect to easiness, rapidness, simplicity and some analytical performance criteria such as recovery, precision, accuracy and risk of contamination. A minicolumn was filled with Chromosorb-103 as a sorbent and connected with a syringe. The experimental conditions such as pH of sample, concentration and amount of eluent, flow rates of sample and eluent, concentration of 8-hydroxyquinoline (oxine) as a complexing agent were optimized. The sample solution with or without oxine was drawn into the syringe and discharged manually passing through the resin. Analytes were retained at pH >= 5 and eluted with I M nitric acid in acetone quantitatively. Analyte elements could be concentrated up to 200-fold. The iron and lead in river-water samples and in certified reference Bovine Liver (NIST 1577b) were quantitatively recovered with relative standard deviation lower than 10%. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.