Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)

Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material

Cholecalciferol, Calciol, (+)-Vitamin D3, 7-Dehydrocholesterol activated, Activated 7-dehydrocholesterol
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certified reference material
pharmaceutical secondary standard

Quality Level




current certificate can be downloaded


HPLC: suitable
gas chromatography (GC): suitable


83-86 °C (lit.)

Featured Industry

Cleaning Products
Food and Beverages
Personal Care
Pharmaceutical (small molecule)



pharmacopeia traceability

traceable to BP 787
traceable to PhEur C2100000
traceable to USP 1131009

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InChI key


Gene Information

human ... VDR(7421)

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General description

Pharmaceutical secondary standards for application in quality control, provide pharma laboratories and manufacturers with a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the preparation of in-house working standards.
Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is a fat-soluble vitamin that manifests skeletal and extra-skeletal effects. The skeletal effects augment the bone health whereas the extra-skeletal effects concern the immune system, the cognition, the cardiovascular system, etc.


These Secondary Standards are qualified as Certified Reference Materials. These are suitable for use in several analytical applications including but not limited to pharma release testing, pharma method development for qualitative and quantitative analyses, food and beverage quality control testing, and other calibration requirements.
Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) may be used as a pharmaceutical reference standard for the determination of the analyte in food, feeds, serum samples and pharmaceutical formulations by various chromatography techniques.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Vitamin D acts through a receptor that is a member of the ligand-dependent transcription factor superfamily. Modulates the proliferation and differentiation of both normal and cancer cells. Has antiproliferative and antimetastatic effects on breast, colon, and prostate cancer cells. Activated vitamin D receptors in intestine and bone maintain calcium absorbance and homeostasis.

Analysis Note

These secondary standards offer multi-traceability to the USP, EP (PhEur) and BP primary standards, where they are available.

Other Notes

This Certified Reference Material (CRM) is produced and certified in accordance with ISO 17034 and ISO/IEC 17025. All information regarding the use of this CRM can be found on the certificate of analysis.


To see an example of a Certificate of Analysis for this material enter LRAC0270 in the slot below. This is an example certificate only and may not be the lot that you receive.


Skull and crossbonesHealth hazard




UN 2811 6.1 / PGII

WGK Germany


Flash Point F

Not applicable

Flash Point C

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

High-performance liquid chromatographic determination of vitamin D in foods, feeds and pharmaceuticals by successive use of reversed-phase and straight-phase columns
TAKEUCHI A, et al.
Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology, 30(1), 11-25 (1984)
Is supercritical fluid chromatography hyphenated to mass spectrometry suitable for the quality control of vitamin D3 oily formulations?
Andri B, et al.
Journal of Chromatography A, 1515(5-6), 209-217 (2017)
Simultaneous microemulsion liquid chromatographic analysis of fat-soluble vitamins in pharmaceutical formulations: optimization using genetic algorithm
Momenbeik F, et al.
Journal of Chromatography A, 1217(24), 3770-3773 (2010)
Determination of vitamins A, D, E, and K in human and bovine serum, and ?-carotene and vitamin A palmitate in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, by isocratic HPLC
Wang LH and Huang SH
Chromatographia, 55(5-6), 289-296 (2002)
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