Sponsored by SGS Life Science Services Canada

SGS provides you the opportunity to anticipate changes and invites you to attend to a Pharmacopeial Education course developed and delivered by USP.

Based on the ongoing replacement of General Chapter <231> - Heavy Metals by the new General Chapters "Elemental Impurities" <232> (limits), <233> (procedures), and <2232> (dietary supplements), SGS provides you with the opportunity to anticipate changes and invites you to attend a Pharmacopeial Education course developed and delivered by USP.

This course covers the currently proposed elemental impurities to be controlled and their proposed limits. Participants will learn about the methodologies and testing strategies proposed in draft chapter <233> and strategies for method development and method validation when analyzing these impurities in materials that are currently tested using the USP Chapter Heavy Metals <231>. The course concludes with descriptions, advantages and disadvantages of three instrumental techniques; AA, ICP-OS and ICP-MS.

Toronto Date:
May 26, 2010

SGS—Life Sciences Services
6490 Vipond Drive
Mississauga, ON Canada L5T 1W8

Montreal Date:
June 9, 2010

Le Crystal Reception Hall
5285 Henri-Bourassa Blvd. West
Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4R 1B7

8:30 a.m. Welcome Registration
9:00 a.m. USP Introduction - Chapter <231> Heavy Metals
10:00 a.m. Impurities of Interest and their Toxicity
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Chapter <232> Elemental Impurities - Limits, Harmonization
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Chapter Elemental Impurities – Procedures
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Overview of Analytical Instrumentation
4:30 p.m. Adjournment

For the Toronto course, SGS invites all attendees to tour the SGS Laboratory.


  • Understand issues concerning with current USP General Chapter <231> Heavy Metals and the solutions offered by proposed new chapters
  • Describe the scope and context of the new chapters: <232> Elemental Impurities—Limits and <233> Elemental Impurities—Procedures
  • Identify method development and validation strategies
  • Explain new procedures and acceptance criteria
  • Learn basic theories of operation for AA, ICP–OES, and ICP–MS

Who Should Attend?

Analytical Chemists, QA Managers, Lab Managers, Compliance Manager,s QC Managers, Production Managers, Others who work with metal impurities

Toronto Todd Cecil, Ph.D.
Vice President
Compendial Sciences at USP
Montreal TBD

Registration Fee:
CAD $595 per person. Group discount for three or more registrants, CAD $450 per person.
Early Bird Special: CAD $450 per person when registering before May 13, 2010 (Toronto) or May 26, 2010 (Montreal).

Reserve Your Place:
To reserve your place, please complete the registration form and submit electronically.

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.