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Heavy Metals in Pharmaceuticals

proficiency testing material

Quality Level


bottle of 1 × 100 mL



General description

Heavy Metals in Pharmaceuticals proficiency testing material is produced in accordance with ISO/IEC 17043:2010. The PT portfolio allows our test components to offer significant performance data to monitor and prove competency to customers, accreditation bodies or both.

Supelco® Pharmaceutical Proficiency Testing scheme is mainly designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.
The pharma PT samples allow laboratories to demonstrate their competence in following compendial USP methods of analysis. They can be used to assure accreditors or auditors that the lab processes are followed accordingly. Our pharmaceutical PT scheme covers products under categories such as Chemical Tests and Assays, Physical Tests and Determinations and Microbiological Tests.

Type of PT Scheme: Pharmaceuticals

All information regarding the use of Heavy Metals in Pharmaceuticals proficiency testing standard can be found in the reporting packet which will be available to download at PT Portal.


Heavy Metals in Pharmaceuticals proficiency testing material is used in the pharmaceutical analysis for the detection of heavy metals including Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic and Mercury.

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Features and Benefits

We have a vast portfolio of environmental PT schemes with "fit-for-purpose" samples to help you meet the needs of the laboratory.

Our proficiency testing (PT) program is a benchmark to:

  • provide staff with an insight into their laboratory′s performance, to verify the accuracy and reliability of their testing process
  • provide a comparison of performance with that of other laboratories, nationally and internationally
  • test and educate staff, provide a better understanding of the impact of incorrect results and identify areas where there may be problems
  • provide an independent evaluation of laboratory performance
  • demonstrate to clients, colleagues and accreditation bodies that there is a commitment to quality

Preparation Note

  • The sample contains Cd, Pb, As and Hg in different concentration levels.
  • Each unit PE5002 consists of 100 mL solution.
  • The sample can be stored at room temperature.
  • The number of samples analyzed and the number of repetitions per sample is defined by the user.
  • Please refer to the Safety Data Sheet for detailed information about the nature of any hazard and appropriate precautions to be taken.

Sample preparation
  • The sample needs no special treatment before use.
  • Use your standard sample preparation procedure.
  • If the solution is diluted, a sufficient amount of acid is needed.
  • Perform ICP or any other suitable elemental analysis to determine the levels of Cd, Pb, As and Hg present in the sample.

  • Use your standard instrument parameters for measurements.
  • It is recommended to match the matrices of calibration and sample solutions.

Data Processing and Integration:
  • Use your standard processing procedure for your elemental analysis.
  • The density of the material is: 1.0659 g/mL
  • The results should be reported as mg/L in the Proficiency Testing Portal.

Item Analyte Ranges
  • 1-10 mg/L for Cd
  • 1-10 mg/L for Pb
  • 1-30 mg/L for As
  • 1-30 mg/L for Hg

Storage and Stability

Please refer to sample label for expiration date, specific storage temperature, and specific storage conditions.

Analysis Note

Proficiency Test containing one solution sample for the measurement of Cd, Pb, As and Hg.
Concentration ranges:
1-10 mg/L for Cd and Pb
1-30 mg/L for As and Hg

Other Notes

Are you new to Supelco® Proficiency Testing? Be sure to register your account details in the PT Portal before placing your order.
This will provide access to data entry, reporting packets and final reports. Registrations will be approved shortly after your order is placed. For further questions, write to us at

When placing your order online, please indicate your study preference under the ′your reference′ column. Available studies can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
Click here to learn more about Quick-Turn Studies (on-demand proficiency tests that are offered depending on lot availability). The Quick-Turn results are released within 48-72 hours whereas scheduled study reports are released within 21 days.

Proficiency Testing Schedule 2021

PHARM21-2 April 7 - May 21, 2021

Legal Information

Supelco is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany



    Mercury, Hg 30 mg/L
    Lead, Pb 10 mg/L
    Cadmium, Cd 10 mg/L
    Arsenic, As 30 mg/L


CorrosionHealth hazard

Signal Word


Hazard Classifications

Aquatic Chronic 3 - Carc. 1B - Eye Dam. 1 - Met. Corr. 1 - Muta. 1B - Skin Corr. 1B - STOT RE 2

Supplementary Hazards

Storage Class Code

6.1D - Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat.3 / toxic hazardous materials or hazardous materials causing chronic effects



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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