Why is it necessary to revalidate Working Standards?

Working-Standards-For-HPLC-Analysis

Working-Standards-For-HPLC-Analysis

Analysis results are always reported against working standards which have been validated against certified reference materials. A certified reference material is very expensive and is procured in small quantity from a standards body having global recognition. Due to the high cost it is not possible to use certified reference materials every time so a working reference standard is prepared bearing reference to the original certified reference material..

Always remember to use a working standard only during its validity as changes do take place in its properties over time. If you have entered the wrong potency of an expired standard in your calculations your analysis results are bound to go wrong. For this reason the working standards are always revalidated at prescribed intervals.

Changes in the characteristic properties of working standards are numerous and could result from:

  • Non-maintenance of recommended storage conditions such as temperature and humidity which can lead to faster degradation of the standard
  • Some light-sensitive materials undergo degradation due to exposure to light
  • Contamination during use of unclean spatula and storage vial.
  • Contamination due to return of used standard into the container after weighing.

Revalidation may include analysis of standard for assay, loss on drying, water content, physical description, solubility, heavy metals, sulphated ash, pH, specific optical rotation, melting point, and other characteristics as per requirements of individual standards.. After revalidation the records should be documented and the new standard stored in an amber coloured vials with proper labels giving standard details such as

Name

Working standard number

Assay

Date of preparation

Expiry date

Storage conditions

LOD/ water

Valid up to

Approved by

The shelf life of the working standard is fixed at one year from date of preparation but for some standards depending upon their characteristics the validity date can be different.

Access to working standards should be limited and a logbook maintained on usage of each working standard

If you take proper care on usage and storage of working standards they will remain stable during the validity and provide reliable results every time.

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About Dr. Deepak Bhanot

Dr Deepak Bhanot is a seasoned professional having nearly 30 years expertise beginning from sales and product support of analytical instruments. After completing his graduation and post graduation from Delhi University and IIT Delhi he went on to Loughborough University of Technology, UK for doctorate research in analytical chemistry. His mission is to develop training programs on analytical techniques and share his experiences with broad spectrum of users ranging from professionals engaged in analytical development and research as well as young enthusiasts fresh from academics who wish to embark upon a career in analytical industry.

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