A separation/preconcentration procedure based on the coprecipitation of Pb(II), Fe(III), Co(II), Cr(III) and Zn(II) ions with copper(II)-N-benzoyl-N-phenyl-hydroxylamine complex (Cu-BPHA) has been developed. The analytical variables including pH, amount of BPHA, amount of copper(II) as carrier element, and sample volume were investigated for the quantitative recoveries of the elements. No interfering effects were observed from the concomitant ions when present in real samples. The recoveries of the analyte ions were in the range of 95-100%. The detection limits (3 s) for Pb(II), Co(II), Fe(III), Cr(III) and Zn(II) ions were found to be 2.3, 0.7, 0.7, 0.3 and 0.4 A mu g L(-1), respectively. The validation of the procedure was performed by the analysis of CRM (SRM NIST-1547 peach leaves and LGC6019 river water) standard reference materials. The method was applied to the determination of the analytes in real samples including natural waters, hair, urine, soil, sediment and peritoneal fluids samples etc., and good results were obtained (relative standard deviations < 4%, recoveries > 95%).