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Anthraquinone Analysis Offered by Columbia Analytical

The GC-MS is used for testing anthraquinoneColumbia Analytical has completed the implementation of the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) Method AQ-S108.01 for the determination of anthraquinone in pulp and paper products.

In response to California’s listing of anthraquinone with Proposition 65, many companies are proactively having their products tested for anthraquinone in advance of the ruling’s effective date. This procedure is currently being performed by Columbia Analytical as written and released by NCASI.

Columbia Analytical has been in consultation with NCASI scientists over the past year in preparation for this action by the state. This preparation enabled Columbia Analytical to be in position to offer the Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) procedure in time for pulp and paper operations to comply with the regulation.

Columbia Analytical is currently analyzing for anthraquinone in samples for multiple organizations.

For more information on anthraquinone analysis, please contact Jeff Christian at 360-501-3316 or Ed Wallace at 360-577-7222.

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Learn more about Anthraquinone (84-65-1) on California’s Proposition 65 list.

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17 Responses to “Anthraquinone Analysis Offered by Columbia Analytical”

  1. chintan Says:

    i want to know some test procedure which are performed on the pulp which is recycled.i will be thankful to you if you fullfill my request.please help me out in this topic.

  2. Dee O'Neill, Columbia Analytical Says:

    Hi Chintan!

    The method we use is the one prescribed by the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) - Method AQ-S108.01, a GC/MS procedure. Please contact either Ed Wallace or Jeff Christian at our Kelso, WA laboratory for more information…


    i want to know the test procedure for testing of Anthraquinones in Plant extract.

  4. juby chandra sahu Says:

    sir i want to know chemistry behind the anthraquinone, alkaloids, saponine,steroid phenolic compound

  5. Dee O'Neill, Columbia Analytical Says:

    The answer your question depends on your current chemistry understanding. The chemistry behind the compounds you are interested in is quite diverse. I would suggest that you either search the internet or your local library for the chemistry information that suits your needs.

  6. rawy Says:

    I want to know how can i test anthraquinon in exacted plant

  7. Kamalha Edwin Says:

    Thank you for the information. Please may you avail with comprehensive data on
    -Test for anthraquinones in plants
    -Extraction of anthaquinones from plants
    -Purification of anthraquinones from plants
    -Common plants with anthraquinones (botanical and common names)

  8. Columbia Analytical Says:

    We use a method from the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) - Method AQ-S108.01, a GC/MS procedure. We cannot give those methods out, but you can request a copy of the method from them. As to exactly how we perform the method in our laboratories - that information is proprietary to our company.

    In response to the request for common plants with anthraquinones, I would suggest you search the internet or contact a local University’s botany department. We do not have such a list. If you would like Columbia Analytical to perform this tests for you, please contact Ed Wallace or Jeff Christian at 360-577-7222. Thank you!

  9. muthu Says:

    dear sir
    i want to know about the analytical methodology for testing the coating paper and board. i would like to thank if you have send the ISO procedure for the analytical method of quality testing paper and board.
    thanking you

  10. Columbia Analytical Says:

    You may contact the ISO organization directly for this information. Their website may be found at The Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries ( organization may also be helpful. We do perform a number of the tests for coatings/paper/etc. based on industry methods, but the actual procedures we use are proprietary to our company.

  11. Toulack Kingsley Says:

    sir, i would like to know recent tests for anthroquinones other than that of Harbone in 1976.

  12. Columbia Analytical Says:

    Hello Toulack!

    We test samples for anthraquinone on a routine basis by NCASI Method AQ-S108-01, however, we are not at liberty to discuss our data results. I am not aware of published studies of anthraquinone analyses. For more information you might try contacting NCASI.

  13. Rebecca Templado Says:


    I would like to know if you procedure for the testing of residual Anthraquinone in pulp. If you have can you provide one. Thank you.

  14. Mimie Says:

    Hi Prak1020USP eahimspze to MERELY verify the compendial method on actual condition of use. Determining the appropriate parameters to establish the efficacy of compendial test methods can be confusing especially when performed using a particular lab?s analysts, instrumentation, and supplies. Moreover, the requirements for method verification are not well defined. The Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations include a requirement to verify the suitability of testing methods under actual conditions of use, as listed in 21 CFR 211.194(a)(2). Although this is a long-standing part of the regulations, the meaning of this section is difficult to interpret. Like so many of the cGMP requirements, the expectations of the industry with regard to method verification have evolved over time. So simply it can be decide to have Ruggedness for method transferation then what is the use or benifit of the Compendial method.USP recently proposed a new general information chapter, Verification of Compendial Procedures, to clarify guidelines for ensuring that a compendial method will give acceptable results. Although transfer protocols and method validation for finished products and active pharmaceutical ingredients are common in the contract laboratory setting, it is much less common to apply these same detailed principles to compendial methods on inactive ingredients or excipients. The proposed chapter recommends verification of tests that use liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, spectrophotometric, titrimetric, and thin-layer chromatography techniques. Verification is not required for USP general chapter tests, such as residue on ignition , pH, and heavy metals . Microbiological procedures are also excluded from the proposal because they are covered in other USP chapters. Method verification typically includes a subset of the parameters evaluated when a complete validation is performed. Precision, specificity, and detection limit are among the characteristics checked when verifying a compendial method. No matter what parameters are to be verified, the study should proceed according to an approved protocol that defines the characteristics to be evaluated and sets acceptance criteria to be used in judging the results of the study. Data from a method verification study should be summarized in a final report that will serve as documentation of the lab?s ability to achieve reliable results for a given test. Also check out very good discussion on the same

  15. Princess Says:

    Pls, I want to know the aim of these experiment.

  16. Dourgham Mikki Says:

    Sir, I want to know if the 2.7 Anthraquinone Disulfonic Acid can be used in cleaning the Petroleum pipes and containers?
    Many thanks in advance for a prompt reply.

  17. admin Says:

    Hello Dourgham,

    Thank you for the inquiry. We are an analytical chemistry laboratory that among our capabilities is the analysis for anthraquinone primarily in samples related to the Pulp & Paper industry; specifically pulp, paper, paperboard, and related products. We do not have expertise on the use of substituted anthraquinones such as 2,7 substituted disulfonic acid for commercial or residential applications.

    Thank you,

    ALS Environmental

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