Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material

11β,17α,21-Trihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, Cortisol, Reichstein’s substance M, 4-Pregnene-11β,17α,21-triol-3,20-dione, 17-Hydroxycorticosterone, Kendall’s compound F
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certified reference material
pharmaceutical secondary standard

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HPLC: suitable
gas chromatography (GC): suitable


211-214 °C (lit.)

Featured Industry

Pharmaceutical (small molecule)



pharmacopeia traceability

traceable to BP 576
traceable to PhEur H1300000
traceable to USP 1316004

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Gene Information

human ... NR3C1(2908)

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General description

Pharmaceutical secondary standards for application in quality control, provide pharma laboratories and manufacturers with a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the preparation of in-house working standards.
Hydrocortisone is a degradation product of the corticosteroid, hydrocortisone acetate.


These Secondary Standards are qualified as Certified Reference Materials. These are suitable for use in several analytical applications including but not limited to pharma release testing, pharma method development for qualitative and quantitative analyses, food and beverage quality control testing, and other calibration requirements.
Hydrocortisone may be used as a pharmaceutical reference standard for the determination of the analyte in pharmaceutical formulations by various chromatography techniques.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Primary glucocorticoid secreted by the adrenal cortex. It has three times the anti-inflammatory potency of corticosterone but much lower Na2+ retention potency.
Primary glucocorticoid secreted by the adrenal cortex. It has three times the anti-inflammatory potency of corticosterone but much lower Na2+ retention potency.

Analysis Note

These secondary standards offer multi-traceability to the USP, EP (PhEur) and BP primary standards, where they are available.

Other Notes

This Certified Reference Material (CRM) is produced and certified in accordance with ISO 17034 and ISO/IEC 17025. All information regarding the use of this CRM can be found on the certificate of analysis.


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Health hazard

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Hazard Statements


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

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Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Simultaneous determination of hydrocortisone and benzyl alcohol in pharmaceutical formulations by reversed-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography.
Rego Aand Nelson B
Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 71(11), 1219-1223 (1982)
On-line post-column photochemical derivatization in liquid chromatographic− diode-array detection analysis of binary drug mixtures.
Di Pietra AM,et al
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 14(8-10), 1191-1199 (1996)
Advantages of application of UPLC in pharmaceutical analysis.
Novakova L, et al.
Talanta, 68(3), 908-918 (2006)
Simultaneous determination of methylparaben, propylparaben, hydrocortisone acetate and its degradation products in a topical cream by RP-HPLC.
Hajkova R, et al.
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 32(4-5), 921-927 (2003)
Margriet A B Veldhorst et al.
The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 99(1), 285-290 (2014-01-05)
Pathologically increased cortisol exposure induces obesity, but it is not known whether relatively high cortisol within the physiological range is related to childhood obesity. The aim of the study was to compare hair cortisol concentrations between obese and normal-weight children....

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