Certification and uncertainty evaluation of flavonoids certified reference materials


Flavonoids are the most widely used in the field of the food, medicine, and cosmetic due to their pharmacological functions and biological activities, such as anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and antioxidation. This work described the assignment of purity values to 3 flavonoids certified reference materials (CRMs) including baicalein, 5,7-dihydoxy flavones and naringenine which were developed in this study according to the ISO Guides 34 and 35. The qualitative analysis was performed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and infrared spectroscopy (IR). The CRMs’ purity values were assigned based on the weighted average of quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance method and mass balance approach with high resolution liquid chromatography-VWD. All the three CRMs with following value mass fractions: baicalein at a certified purity P ± U (k = 2) of 98.8% ± 0.8%; 5,7-dihydoxy flavones of 99.1% ± 0.7% and naringenine of 99.5% ± 1.0% respectively. The homogeneity of the CRMs was determined by an in-house validated liquid chromatographic method. Potential degradation during storage was also investigated and a shelf-life based on this value was established.

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Quan, C. , Yao, H. and Hou, C. (2013) Certification and uncertainty evaluation of flavonoids certified reference materials. Agricultural Sciences, 4, 89-96. doi: 10.4236/as.2013.49B016.

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