In 2016, Sterling launched a test and release service for finished products after a successful MHRA audit. The quality control (QC) analytical team have expertise in onboarding new testing/specifications for new finished products and currently test and release over 28 products for the UK and EU markets. The test and release team have been relocated in the new Material Science Centre at Sterling’s UK facility in the North East of England.

Analytical Lab Scientist

Regulatory history:

  • 2016 – MHRA successful audit
  • 2019 – MHRA successful table assessment
  • 2020 – MHRA successful virtual audit


  • Analytical method tech transfer
  • Testing to country specifications
  • Certificate of analysis (COA)

Analytical testing available:

  • Assays:
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    • Gas Chromatography (GC)
    • UV-Vis spectrometry
    • Titration – Mettler Toledo Auto-titrator
  • Identification:
    • FT-IR
  • Dissolution analysis
  • Disintegration testing
  • Hardness testing
  • Friability testing
  • Atomic absorption testing via Perkin Elmer AA
  • Water content of compounds via Volumetric Karl Fischer