Reference Material Development for Testing Infant Formula

Reference Material Development for Testing Infant Formula

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Webinar Date/Time: Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 at 11am EST|8am PST|4pm GMT|5pm CET

Do you use Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for testing milk or infant formula? Join us in this webinar to better understand the analytical, certification, stability, and development challenges for CRMs of the most commonly tested milk proteins and vitamins in infant formula testing.

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Event Overview:

In recent years, product recalls and other scandals involving milk or infant formula in China, the US, and across the globe dramatically illustrate the economic and personal impact of food contamination and adulteration. With ever present demand worldwide for milk products that are free of adulterants, there has been a continued focus on regulation and the development of methods for testing milk and infant formula products. To support these activities, certified reference materials of the most commonly tested milk proteins and vitamins were developed for calibration and development of liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS)–based methods in infant formula testing. In this webinar, the product design, workflow and certification methods for milk protein or vitamin Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) will be presented, along with a discussion of the quality attributes of their certificates of analysis and analytical & stability challenges in their development.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the product design, workflow and reference material certification process for a milk protein Certified Reference Material (CRM)
  • Recognize the important quality attributes of a certificate of analysis for a milk protein CRM
  • Appreciate the analytical and stability challenges for development of solution-based vitamin CRMs

Who Should Attend:

  • Food & Beverage testing laboratories and their quality assurance or quality control stakeholders, including laboratory analysts, managers, directors, method developers, or analytical R&D teams


Derrell Johnson
Innovation Manager, Reference Materials

Derrell Johnson is Innovation Manager for the Reference Materials franchise of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading life sciences company. In his current role he is responsible for exploring new technologies and business opportunities involving reference materials as well as the identification and development of new, innovative reference materials for food & natural products, pharmaceutical, cannabis, clinical / diagnostic, and forensic testing applications. He also leads the franchise’s proficiency testing and custom businesses and drives the strategy execution for the company’s overall Reference Materials business. Derrell has over 22 years of experience in the reference materials industry, primarily within the Cerilliant portfolio. His experience ranges from providing long-term strategic insights & trends, new innovations, product development & management, and quality systems to manufacturing, quality control testing, and technical service. He has authored or co-authored a book chapter, scientific article, and editorial on reference material subjects for peer reviewed publications and an industry magazine. Derrell also has lectured on various reference material topics at numerous seminars and conferences in China, India, and the US. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M University and a MBA in Business Administration from Texas State University.

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