Global Concerns Drive LC Development

The Column

The Column, The Column-07-02-2010, Volume 6, Issue 12

Global health and safety concerns now play a key role in driving innovation of liquid chromatography systems and the uptake of advanced LC technology, such as UHPLC.

Global health and safety concerns now play a key role in driving innovation of liquid chromatography (LC) systems and the uptake of advanced LC technology, such as UHPLC. Faster and more efficient testing methods are required as demand for consumer goods analyses continues to increase. LC techniques are an essential analytical tool for the detection of hazardous substances in consumer goods, for example toy and personal care products, the safety of food and nutraceuticals, and the regulation of pesticide and herbicide residues in foods.

Health and safety continues to be a priority for responsible manufacturers. As a legal obligation, manufacturers must be aware of the health concerns from exposure to novel chemicals and materials, as well as the ingestion and inhalation of potential toxins controlled by environmental regulations. Advances in LC techniques not only increase the capacity for detection of hazardous substances but also help optimize operations and control costs within analytical laboratories.

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