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Chemicals 101

Chemicals 101 is a learning resource containing general information and answers to many commonly asked questions about our chemicals. To get started, click on a topic in the list below or search our Resources & Support archives. More resources and information are also available on the Avantor website.

GMP vs. non-GMP

cGMP refers to the current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Read More...

Why do we use ISPM15 pallets?

The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, publication number 15 - Regulation of wood packaging material (WPM) in international trade. Read More...

How much do cGMP Chemicals Cost?

As with any pricing process, the price includes direct costs, such as the chemical itself, the packaging, and the labor. It also includes indirect costs, such as overhead. And of course, the price includes profit. Read More...

Why Do I Need a Distributor of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials?

Distribution partners have become an important component in managing risk and cost in the chemical supply chain for many industries. Read More...

Differences between ISO 2008 vs ISO 2015

A revision to the ISO 9001:2008 standard has been in the works almost from the day that it was published. ISO standards go through revision every 3 to 5 years to ensure that they remain relevant and up-to-date. Read More...

Ammonium Hydroxide drums bulge / expand / contract

Bulging or collapsing of ammonium hydroxide (aqua ammonia) drums is normal and no cause for alarm. Aqua ammonia solutions, at 28 – 29% concentration, boil around 85°F at atmospheric pressure. Read More...

What does USP grade mean? What does NF grade mean?

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Incorporated, (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. Read More...

ACS vs. Reagent Grade

The ACS Reagent grade designation indicates compliance with specifications found in the most recent edition of Reagent Chemicals published by the American Chemical Society. Currently, that designation applies to 430 reagents. Read More...

What is Cleaning in Place (CIP)?

Clean in place (CIP) is a common cleaning method for removing process residues from bioreactors, fermenters, and other equipment used in biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage manufacturing. Read More...

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