Overview of the IA SuperPharma compound testing process and the methods used:
HPLC and GC-MS are the two pharma standard methods of identifying the compound in a sample and the purity of the material. HPLC identifies the compounds present, and GC-MS identifies the % purity. When we talk about ‘Pharma Grade’ we talk about a hormone which is above 97% purity as proven by its comparison to the qualified reference sample, in this case, supplied by Sigma Aldrich Pharmaceuticals.
All testing has been undertaken at SHE Analytical Labs, LLC in Carlsbad, California.
Test method outline:
High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC; formerly referred to as high-pressure liquid chromatography), is a technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid adsorbent material. Each component in the sample interacts slightly differently with the adsorbent material, causing different flow rates for the different components and leading to the separation of the components as they flow out of the column.
Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical method that combines the features of gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample. Applications of GC-MS include drug detection, fire investigation, environmental analysis, explosives investigation, and identification of unknown samples, including that of material samples obtained from planet Mars during probe missions as early as the 1970s. GC-MS can also be used in airport security to detect substances in luggage or on human beings. Additionally, it can identify trace elements in materials that were previously thought to have disintegrated beyond identification. Like liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry, it allows analysis and detection even of tiny amounts of a substance.
GC-MS has been regarded as a “gold standard” for forensic substance identification because it is used to perform a 100% specific test, which positively identifies the presence of a particular substance. A nonspecific test merely indicates that any of several in a category of substances is present. Although a nonspecific test could statistically suggest the identity of the substance, this could lead to false positive identification.
These testing methods are employed by all pharmaceutical companies, FDA testing centres, crime labs and even NASA. The results are indisputable and are the only test methods that IA SuperPharma measures its self by and accepts as ‘proof of quality’. Do not rely on LabMax to show anything reliable, its easily faked and not worth the money you spend on it.
Each HPLC and GC-MS test costs $200usd per sample and takes 3 hours to process. We routinely test throughout the year as part of our internal QC. If you'd like more information on testing performed on a specific compound of interest, please feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected], and we will supply you with the most current test reporting available.