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Calcium carbonate

Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material

Calcium carbonate
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certified reference material
pharmaceutical secondary standard


current certificate can be downloaded


HPLC: suitable
gas chromatography (GC): suitable


2.93 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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Pharmaceutical (small molecule)



pharmacopeia traceability

traceable to USP 1086403

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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. Calcium carbonate is a material that is widely found in nature, and is commonly referred to as calcite. Calcium carbonate is used in such processes as the manufacture of paper, paints, glass, and ceramics, the compounding of polymers, environmental applications such as wastewater treatment, and as an extender in paints and coatings.


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.

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.


To see an example of a Certificate of Analysis for this material enter LRAC3446 in the slot below. This is an example certificate only and may not be the lot that you receive.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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To examine whether combined vitamin D and calcium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion, β-cell function, inflammation and metabolic markers. 6-month randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Ninety-five adults with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] ≤55 nmol/L at risk of type 2 diabetes (with...
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