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HPLC is essential in Pharmaceutical and Food Quality Training

12 DEC 2012
Career Path : Food Safety and Quality

Chemistry is a component of many careers and vocations, especially those dependent on exact quantities of materials, or with high safety standards protecting against accidental or intentional adulteration. Food quality training and pharmaceutical courses both require students to learn essential assessment techniques for consumer safety and chemical manipulation and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is an important part of both. Students can expect a firm grounding in industry standard techniques through essential HPLC courses in any chemistry dependent program; whether the aim is industrial or small scale commercial.


What is HPLC?

HPLC is a technique for analyzing the chemical components of a mixture via separating substances to identify, quantify and purify them. HPLC differentiated from regular liquid chromatography by the comparatively high pressure levels used, relying on mechanically aided pressure rather than gravity. HPLC courses train students to apply these capacities to a near infinite number of fields and the general use of such techniques gives even seeming specialists with chemistry training broad employment opportunities from laboratory research and manufacturing, but HPLC is particularly essential for things that will be consumed by people, or in other words, what we eat and drink, be it drug or dinner.


HPLC in Pharmacy

In the pharmaceutical industry, drugs must be measured and manufactured in exact quantities. Whether major pain-killers or daily multi-vitamins, even small mistakes can be fatal or render a treatment completely ineffective, ether by poisoning a drug’s recipient with too much, or failing to provide the required dosage level in a consistent fashion. Pharmaceutical courses stress the importance of double checking ingredients at all levels, from when a drug is put together in a laboratory to when a prescription is filled at a pharmacy. HPLC may even be used on patients to check the levels of chemicals in blood serum samples, allowing, among many things, detection of overdoses in substances with high toxicity in minute amounts.


HPLC in Food Quality Control

Large scale food manufacture looking much closer to industrial chemistry, with huge vats of ingredients, mechanized processing and cooking and synthetic additives as dyes, thickening agents and flavouring, but even small scale catering and restaurants need people with food quality training to use HPLC, whether working in house to insure consistent production before problems reach the consumer, or as part of an external regulatory body, such as a private certification body or in a government safety agency.

Indeed, students in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and in food quality training may come to appreciate not just the career boost their HPLC courses give them, but after laboratory exercises demonstrating, with correct use, how effective HPLC is at detecting even small amounts of a substance, students may also truly appreciate the protection HPLC gives them in everything they put into their bodies.


Visit the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Inc. for more information on HPLC courses.