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LGC launches new range of primary standards reference materials for pharmaceutical quality control

21 Oct 2013
 LGC Standards, a global leader in the production and distribution of reference materials, has launched a new range of pharmaceutical primary reference standards. These reference materials are designed to be used in pharmaceutical quality control if no official pharmacopoeia standard exists for a given purpose.

The primary reference standards are of the highest possible purity and fully characterised and satisfy the requirements of the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Our pharmaceutical primary standards are produced under ISO Guide 34 and are accompanied by a comprehensive certificate of analysis”, says Dr Christian Zeine, Global Product Manager Pharmaceuticals, LGC Standards, who has played a key role in developing the new product range. “The certificate contains comprehensive identity information including nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum, infrared spectrum and mass spectrometry data”, he explains. Customers will also find detailed assay data on the certificate, which is obtained by qNMR whenever possible, and other accredited techniques. All assays are verified by orthogonal methods such as mass balance.

“Our primary standards fill a gap in the market”, Dr Zeine states. “Many of our customers are required to carry out analyses as part of their quality control process, for which no official standards from the pharmacopoeias exist. In these cases, and also in the forensic and clinical environment, our new primary standards will prove ideal.”

LGC Standards has released more than 30 primary reference standards, including paracetamol, itraconazole and several alkylparahydroxybenzoates. “This range is being continually expanded and developed to meet the needs of the industry”, concludes Dr Zeine.

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