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Question of the month: September 2018

Our experts answer your burning questions about the world of pharmaceutical testing. This month: do you need impurity reference standards in the same form as that of your API?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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API of the month: Paroxetine

Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the most common group of antidepressants on the market today. It was first marketed in 1992 and by 2007 was the fifth most prescribed antidepressant in the US, at over 18 million annual prescriptions.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

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Anastrozole's Ascent

Featured Pharmaceutical API and relative newcomer to the clinical care scene, anastrozole is now a breast cancer treatment staple. Find out how this aromatase inhibitor shot to the forefront of post-menopausal ER+ breast cancer care.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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The Pressure's on for Valsartan

Active pharmaceutical ingredient valsartan, common in blood pressure medication, has been in the news recently, as recalls are issued worldwide for valsartan products comtaminated with carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). We look at NDMA's history as a contaminant and explore why regular testing and analysis of pharmaceutical products is so vital.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Extractables and Leachables- What do you need to know?

Extractables and Leachables (E&L): analysis is an essential component in many fields, but mainly though in food safety and the pharmaceutical industry.

Friday, July 21, 2017

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No assay value mentioned for a pharmacopoeial reference standard?

And the right answer is: It depends on the situation!
We know that there is still the “rumour” out in the analytical community, that you can take the assay of compendial standards as 100% when nothing is written on the label.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Assay value found below specification?

“The result I’ve found for the assay value in my API or finished dosage form is below my specification. Is there a problem with my reference standard?” is an often asked question by users of pharmaceutical reference materials. Some even assume that there has a degradation happened with the reference material they have applied.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Getting your expiry dates under control

Use our monthly pharmacopoeial lot lists to easily monitor the expiry dates of your stocked reference materials.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Sign up for our seminar 'Pharmaceutical quality control: tips, tools & tactics'

To help you further increase your knowledge and performance, we have designed the seminar 'Pharmaceutical quality control: tips, tools & tactics'. This 1.5 day course focuses on those specific (and often least understood) areas where a deeper knowledge of pharmaceutical reference standards will give you a real advantage.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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How to get expiry dates under control

How to easily monitor expiry dates from EP, EPISA, ICRS, USP and BP reference standards.

Friday, January 20, 2017

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Archive page Pharmaceutical blog posts

Proficiency Testing

Europe's testing toys

Increased regulatory oversight of products sold across Europe looks likely, after inspections highlighted high numbers of unsafe products in circulation, including 58% of electronic devices and 32% of toys.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

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Toying with Trouble

How safe is slime? In the wake of a consumer group's discovery of boron levels up to four times the legal EU limit in some brands of slime toys, join us for a retrospective of past toy safety scandals & history's most dangerous playthings.

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Bee positive about your honey!

The EU Directive 2001/110/EC as amended by 2014/63/EU defines honey as “the natural sweet substance, produced by Apis mellifera bees

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Step up your testing for Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEEs)

The following article shares leading insight into assessing the performance of Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions testing. Sample 16 of AIR PT is available in round AR024 to be dispatched on January 15th 2018. Join the AIR PT scheme now.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Product classification: Dairy Cheese or Analogue cheese?

Consumers need to have access to safe and high quality food. Agri-food products of high commercial value such as dairy products, olive oil, honey, meat and fish have traditionally been the target of fraud. Sample 800 can help ensure your laboratory analyses are correctly identifying important cheese analogues with a specific sample set for cheese authenticity and quality analysis.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Gravimetric analysis of air filter samples

The measurement of airborne particulate matter, PM10 and/or PM2.5 particle size fractions, in ambient air is defined for European regulatory purposes by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) standard EN 12341:20141, a gravimetric filter-based method.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Aflatoxin M1 in cheese

Milk and dairy products are commonly consumed by people of all age groups. They are recognised as important foods for human diet and  are considered nutrient dense foods contributing to our protein, fat, vitamin and elements (especially Ca) daily intake.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Nitrate in infant vegetable food

Nitrate is a natural contaminant present mainly in vegetables and drinking water although it is frequently added as a preservative in processed meat products.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Celebrating 25 years of the Microbiology Scheme (QMS)

The QMS Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme first began 25 years ago, and had a very humble start in life, originally sharing premises with a manufacturer of under-wired bras!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Toy Safety: proficiency testing to ASTM F963-16

On October 20th, 2016 ASTM International published ASTM F963-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, an updated version of ASTM F963-11. The aim of this revision is to address various issues relating to toy safety, ideally highlighting and eliminating many potential hazards from toys intended for use by children under the age of 14.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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Archive page Proficiency Testing blog posts

Forensics and clinical

LGC recognised for supporting the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic games anti-doping testing programme

LGC has been recognised for its support and contribution to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year. We were delighted to accept a Certificate of Recognition for LGC’s Standards Division, for the teams involved in sourcing, producing and delivering nearly 500 different reference standards to support the Olympic anti-doping testing lab in Rio.

Friday, April 07, 2017

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Visit us at Medlab in Dubai

Are you attending Medlab Middle East in Dubai on the 6th-9th of February 2017? If so, make sure you to stop by our booth, #Z5-C42, in the US Pavilion, to learn how we make calibration verification/linearity testing easier for you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) trends 2016

New psychoactive substances’ (NPS) continue to be a hot topic. Although the United Nations and many individual countries control named NPS, suppliers often develop new versions immediately after a previous form has been banned to avoid these controls.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Food, beverages and environment

The future of glyphosate

Scrutiny on glyphosate has intensified on the heels of court rulings and recent studies, with mounting opposition to the herbicide amongst consumer groups and policymakers.

Analytical laboratories around the world will be sure to follow, increasing their screening programmes as agencies and regulators place greater emphasis on test results. What does this mean for you and your business?

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Fipronil in eggs

Supermarkets and warehouses are removing millions of eggs from sale in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, after tests have shown that some are contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Are you testing for metals in drinking water?

A new batch of our popular CRM ERM- CA011 – Hard drinking water - Metals – is now available from LGC, with a lower level of 10 µg/L for Lead. ERM-CA011 is produced under our ISO Guide 34 accreditation as a reference material producer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Do you test for nutritional elements or contaminants in seafood?

Check out our new product for proximate and elements. LGC releases a new Crab Paste CRM LGC7164 produced under our accreditation to ISO Guide 34 for RM production.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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What's in your chocolate this Easter?

High quality ingredients and process control / QC in manufacture are vital to ensure quality chocolate products.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Bees get a buzz from nicotine-like pesticides

There is ongoing concern over Neonicitinoids and the health and effectiveness of bee populations, with the US EPA scheduling reviews of all the pesticides in the class. Sub-lethal doses of these insecticides can result from the treatment of pollinating crops and these residues may have a detrimental effect on bee health and the vitality of bee colonies.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Our Dr. Ehrenstorfer range – not just for pesticides

Our Dr Ehrenstorfer range is best known for the wide range of pesticides and pesticide metabolites, however, did you know we also offer a wide range of veterinary residue compounds including stable isotope labelled beta-agonists Clenbuterol D9, Cimaterol D7, Salbutamol D3 and Salmeterol D3?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Elemental Analysis

Sulfur standards helping to improve the quality of your analysis

Sulfur is probably the most common and most well-known petroleum contaminant. A concentration of 0.5% sulfur will make crude oil “sour” which will then require longer refining process and result in more expensive final products.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Do you know about our Inorganic reference materials?

Our Inorganic catalogue features LGC's exclusive VHG Labs product brand, high purity single and multi-element aqueous standards and CRMs.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Rare Earth Element reference materials - The Vitamin of Modern Industry

Rare Earth Elements (REE) are considered the "The Vitamin of Modern Industry". They have a unique and important impact on our lives because they are critical in the manufacture of an increasing number of high-tech parts and devices.

Monday, April 18, 2016

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How can we help with your Petrochemical analysis?

LGC provides an extensive range of reference materials which can help you achieve the quality and reliability that you are after.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Introducing almost 500 new products!

Our new Metals reference material offerings from around the world include...

Monday, April 11, 2016

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