Chemical Contamination

We specialise in resolving chemical contaminant issues for the pharmaceutical industry, using in-house specialist expertise combined with a range of analytical techniques and state-of-the-art GMP-qualified equipment.

Cross-Contamination in Pharmaceuticals

Our expertise in contaminant identification is well known, with our team’s expert understanding of the variety of sampling, extraction and analytical methods available enabling us to provide you with the most thorough and effective analysis possible, whatever the analyte. Our multi-disciplinary approach enables us to support you in incidents of accidental or deliberate contamination, counterfeit and adulteration, and manufacturing or processing failures.

We understand the business impact of chemical contamination, and the importance of a rapid response to ensure consumer safety and protect your brand. Work with us for analysis and investigative consultancy and you gain an expert partner in resolving contamination issues. As well as identifying the contaminant, we support you in finding the root cause (whether accidental or malicious), understanding the safety and quality implications of an incident, and taking appropriate corrective action. Our analytical techniques include ICP-MS analysis as well as other spectroscopy methods. 

Pharmaceutical contamination is often an emergency situation, where speed in resolution is imperative. You may wish to consider membership of our 24/7 Emergency Response Service (ERS) for guaranteed technical support whenever you need it.

Contaminants we analyse for:-

  • Metals
  • Cleaning agents including bleach and detergents
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Petrol and diesel
  • Taints and off flavour

Techniques include:-

  • FT-IR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) spectroscopy
  • GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry)
  • LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry)
  • NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) spectroscopy
  • UV-Visible spectroscopy
  • Classical wet chemical methods
  • ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry) 
  • ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry) 

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For any questions regarding our services, getting a proposal or submitting samples, please contact the team on:

t: +44 (0)118 918 4076