Bespoke testing is how Edwards' Analytical all started. We understand that every situation is unique and tailor our approach according to your needs. We value open communication with all of our clients and welcome face to face discussions about your project and your needs.
As well as our bespoke investigational testing we offer routine testing services:
Edwards' Analytical ensure that the range of services offered is thorough and capable to meet your expectations, we are pleased to offer the following analysis:
Our microbiology contract testing services range from the identification of microorganisms and water system validation through to preservative efficacy testing of raw materials. Backed up by proven methodology and industrial experience, we can undertake a wide range of studies to suit your needs.
With an increased trend amongst regulators toward the independent analysis of raw materials, many manufacturers are using our flexible approach to meet with the ever increasing demands placed upon them. The scientists within our microbiology laboratory are all experienced in working within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. They're highly skilled in generating protocols and methodologies to suit the needs of each individual project, from the first concept through to the finished product.
Product packaging is highly ubiquitous.
It is a primary component to many manufactured products, whether these are FMCG, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, electrical or other industrial products. Packaging components are assembled from a variety of materials including; plastics and rubbers, glass, ceramics, paper, carton board and metals.
There are also variations of each type, for example, low & high density polythene, nylons, tin, aluminium and stainless steel cans. They are also highly decorated, for example with various inks and adhesive labels. A trip to a supermarket will demonstrate the very wide range of materials used for different products.
All packaging, regardless of composition and purpose, is subject to stringent regulations, such as;
Packaging testing is required to demonstrate adherence to these regulations.
Packaging components can be tested in a variety of different ways and commonly testing is required to demonstrate packaging durability, packaging performance, packaging quality and packaging-product interactions.
Physical Testing of Packaging
Chemical Testing of Packaging
Equipment required to test packaging includes; Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), Gas and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS/LC-MS), Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy, as well as mechanical jaws, vibration benches and cranes.
Universal Testing Machine
Universal testing machine, also known as a universal tester, materials testing machine or materials test frame, is used to test the tensile stress and compressive strength of materials. It is named after the fact that it can perform many standard tensile and compression tests on materials, components, and structures.
Typical tests that we undertake include tensile, compression and flexural modulus. Example applications include extension modulus, coefficient of friction, seal strength, activation force and surface tension.
Our physical testing laboratory has an impressive suit of dimensional and microscopy instruments for determining macro and micro objects, including:
Here at Edwards' Analytical we offer a variety of testing standards including ASTM to evaluate the barrier properties of packaging and materials.
Water and oxygen
Using a suit of MOCON apparatus, we can test carton, filmic materials and also containers for their barrier properties and seal integrity over time.
Furthermore, using conventional dish and pack testing, we can conduct frequent water vapour permeation testing particularly to the USP monograph <671> which monitors weight gain as mg/litre/day.
Using sealed inspection and conditioning chambers, Edwards' Analytical can examine to very high levels of detection ingress / egress of complex organic compounds such as perfumes through packaging presented as headspace analysis using our GC-mass spectrometer.
Edwards' Analytical offers a service in partnership with an associate company of ours for examining malodour challenge testing often conducted as part of stability trials.
Raw materials are the basic substances from which goods, products or other intermediate materials are made or produced.
Raw materials are found in a vast array of industries including chemical and pharmaceutical, industrial, food and drink, construction, medical and electrical.
Examples of common raw materials used in industry include crude oil, wood, coal, seawater, various chemicals and raw latex.
Raw materials can be tested using a wide variety of techniques and equipment such as.
Edwards' Analytical has a comprehensive range of specialist equipment and expert staff capable of providing high quality raw materials testing and analysis services. We are able to provide a wide range of raw material testing services to meet all current standards and regulatory requirements, including:
For further information regarding raw materials regulations and the laboratory services we can offer, please contact us.
Qualification of manufacturing and laboratory equipment
We have experienced and dedicated scientists who can devise and prepare detailed qualification plans and written qualification protocols and reports.
The consultants will also perform the invigilation of the qualification protocols in addition to providing the analytical testing capabilities.
Validation of manufacturing processes, cleaning procedures and analytical procedures
Edwards' Analytical can perform the Manufacturing and Analytical Validation activities as per the Qualification activities withthe same amount of experience and dedication.
Validation of utilities
Edwards' Analytical has experienced chemists and microbiologists in pharmaceutical water systems who can provide the expertise to devise regulatory acceptable validation programmes.
As well as providing the analytical testing facilities for the volumes of water samples, advice will be provided in the investigation of any deviations and atypical results achieved during and beyond the validation periods.
Auditing of suppliers of systems, and audit preparation awareness.
As part of a pharmaceutical quality management system, the auditing of raw materials and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) suppliers is a critical parameter, to which we can provide assistance.
All of these activities will be supplied with fully compliant cGMP and auditable documentation and also on-going support for the services provided.