Hand-held Instruments Selected by USP for Spectral Library Development Project

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has selected the Thermo Scientific TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX instruments to support its recent initiative to provide USP-approved libraries to pharmaceutical manufacturers.

TruScan RM is a Raman-based spectrometer and microPHAXIR RX is based on near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. They will be used to develop all methods included in the USP spectral library. This spectral library project is one of the many USP initiatives designed to set standards that help ensure the quality, safety and benefit of medicines and foods. With an assembled consortium of vendors, this project aims to provide manufacturers with a USP-approved library of methods for use across the globe for material identification. This provides a harmonised approach to ensuring the quality of pharmaceutical ingredients before entering the supply chain.

“With increases in supply chain variability, the development and deployment of public standards is critical to ensure the safety and efficacy of medicines,” said Edward Zhao, vice president, business development of USP. “USP relies on advanced analytical capabilities and modern equipment, such as the TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX, to provide the highest quality of standards for use by global pharmaceutical manufacturers.”