A simply constructed tubular PVC matrix membrane electrode without inner reference solution suitable for flow injection analysis is described. The nitrate-selective electrode developed allows simple replacement of an exhausted membrane, or change of function with a new sensor membrane. The compact design ensures mechanical stability and the tubular configuration minimizes distortion of the hydrodynamic flow in the detector. Nitrate can be determined in the range 10-1-10-5 M, under different flow conditions, with a sampling frequency of about 120 h-1. © 1984.