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Lhasa Limited and International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Europe collaborative meeting report

Contributors: Kocks, G; Garnier, A; Zeine, C; Karry, K.M; Leister, R; Hickert, S; Reichert, U; Blom, G; Balogh, T; Mintert, M; Janssen, P; Sauer, A; Neu, V;

The one-day collaborative meeting was hosted in Leeds, UK, by Lhasa Limited in partnership with IPEC Europe. The main topics of the meeting included the analysis of nitrite levels in different excipients and the methods used by various manufacturers and users to measure them. There were 50 attendees from 34 organisations located in the US and Europe. 

The speakers were from different excipient manufacturers and users, along with representatives from European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) and US Pharmacopeia (USP). They presented their approaches to nitrite testing, the challenges they faced, the results they obtained, and the future perspectives they envisioned. They also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different nitrite testing methods, such as ion chromatography and HPLC-UV.   

A Q&A session was included after each presentation, where the speakers answered questions from the audience and exchanged feedback and suggestions. The meeting concluded with a closing remark from Lhasa Limited, who thanked the speakers and the attendees for their participation and encouraged further collaboration and data sharing on the topic of nitrite in excipient testing.