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Question of the month: February 2019

Our experts answer your burning questions about the world of pharmaceutical testing. This month: how do we determine assay values for Mikromol impurity reference standards?

Thursday, February 14, 2019


API of the month: Granisetron

A highly selective antagonist of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT3) receptors, granisetron hydrochloride competitively blocks the action of serotonin to reduce nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Click through to our blog for a full accounting of possible granisetron impurities and to explore our reference standard range.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Question of the month: January 2019

Our experts answer your burning questions about the world of pharmaceutical testing. This month: what process would you follow to develop a liquid chromatography method for organic pharmaceutical impurities?

Monday, January 14, 2019


Question of the month: November 2018

Our experts answer your burning questions about the world of pharmaceutical testing. This month: what level of characterisation is sufficient for impurity reference standards?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


API of the month: Linezolid

Linezolid is a synthetic antibiotic used to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections. Read more to discover more about linezolid's process and degradation impurities and explore our range of reference standards for the linezolid family. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Question of the month: October 2018

Our experts answer your burning questions about the world of pharmaceutical testing. This month: what are reference standards for impurities, and what are research materials?

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


Mikromol at 25

When two entrepreneurial recent graduates decided in 1993 to begin producing their own pharmaceutical reference materials, Mikromol was born and they started down a path that 25 years later has created a new byword for excellence in pharmaceutical synthesis. Read about the company's journey over the last 25 years.

Monday, October 01, 2018


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


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


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


Archive page Pharmaceutical blog posts

Proficiency Testing

Beryllium: Be air-aware

Berylliosis, or CBD, is a chronic allergic-type lung response caused by exposure to Beryllium and its compounds: the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified such materials as Category 1 carcinogens.

Monday, November 19, 2018


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


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


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. The Directive prohibits the addition of any food ingredient other than honey, including food additives. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


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


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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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


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


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


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


Archive page Proficiency Testing blog posts

Food, beverages and environment

Protecting the pollinators – French neonicotinoid ban takes effect

According to Greenpeace, the work of bees and other pollinating insects has an estimated economic value of $265 billion annually and a third of all our food production depends upon their pollination.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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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.

Friday, August 17, 2018


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.

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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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


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) 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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