Conducting more than 250,000 analyses a year, SGS’s accredited competence center for vitamin analysis offers advice and testing for a wide range of food products, supplements and raw ingredients as premixes, feed and pharmaceuticals


Established: 2004
Employees: 26
Laboratories: 1
Laboratory space: 650m2
Location: Berlin, Germany

Following a move to new premises and expansion in its capacity to analyze more samples, faster, SGS has invested in the recruitment of additional employees and new technical equipment. Today, this laboratory meets the most up-to-date requirements for microbiological and chemical analysis of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. Additionally, new services have been introduced for the determination of secondary plant constituents, e.g. value-determining substances like isoflavones and catechins.

Food products covered

Employing the latest technology and many years of know-how, we use established methods, develop new methods and implement our own methods. When it comes to choosing the right analysis and interpreting the results, we can advise you. Our testing covers products including:

  • Beverages
  • Foods
  • Feed
  • Baby and specialty medical nutrition
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Raw materials
  • Sports nutrition
  • Cosmetics
  • Premixes
  • Pharmaceuticals

Key services

In addition to the main nutrients, minerals, trace elements and vitamins are essential nutrients vital for humans and animals. This facility is one of the few laboratories in the world to be accredited for the analysis of all fat and water-soluble vitamins as well as vitamin-like substances. Our expertise delivers not only product testing and release analysis, but also stability data through stability studies, including:

Analysis of water-soluble vitamins:

  • Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12
  • Pantothenic acid, panthenol
  • Biotin
  • Folic acid, methyltetrahydrofolic acid, folate
  • Niacin (nicotinic acid & amide)
  • Vitamin C

Analysis of fat-soluble vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K1, K2, K3
  • α & β-Carotin

Other analyses:

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Choline, inositol, carnitine
  • Carotinoids & xanthophyll
  • Taurin

We use analytical methods including the microbiological growth test, HPLC with UV detection, HPLC with fluorimetric detection, LC-MS/MS, and Photometry.

Food manufacturers and retailers exporting to China are also able to benefit from our ability and accreditation for the analysis of vitamins according to GB standards, the Chinese national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC).

In addition, this laboratory is an SGS Center of Competence for residues testing and has state of the art equipment to conduct analyses using technical methods including:

  • GC-MS
  • GC-FPD
  • GC-MS/MS
  • LC-MS/MS

Accreditations and approval

Our Berlin laboratory has extensive experience of the analysis and identification of vitamins, working with recognized, accredited methods. We use methods published by recognized national and international institutions, including:

  • § 64 LFGB (German Food and Feed Code)
  • Association of German Agricultural Investigation and Research Institutions (VDLUFA)
  • Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC)
  • European Pharmacopeia (Ph. Eur.)
  • US Pharmacopeia (USP)
  • International Federation of Fruit Juice Producers
  • GB Methods (Chinese Standard)

Experience and Expertise

We offer a dedicated resource of degree qualified scientists, with operational or industry experience, to ensure clients are provided with accurate information efficiently.

For further information, please contact:

Sabine Larsen-Vefring
Business Development Manager
t: +49 30 34 607 746