Spreading the love in our community


This past year, SPEX’s companies supported the Stomp the Monster Foundation, which provides assistance to families who are struggling with the day to day hardships of dealing with cancer.  The money we raised was used to purchase gift cards that were given to the family to purchase food for holiday dinners, coats, and holiday presents for their children.

We adopted a family in New Jersey with four children whose youngest is age 2.  He is being treated for ALL Leukemia at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.   His mother requested gift cards for the family along with a wish list of small gifts for her son and his siblings, age 7, age, 5 and 4.

Seth Grumet, who founded Stomp the Monster, is himself a cancer survivor.  His story and several others are highlighted in the video below.  Families that have benefited are filled with gratitude for the financial and emotional support they received from Stomp the Monster when they needed it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZHusQP1KmA.

If you are interested in supporting this very worthy cause, go to http://stompthemonster.org/

 100% of your donation will be given to the families in need.


SPEX CertiPrep Pesticide Mixes – We Have the Perfect Brew


Premixed Pesticide Multi-Compound CRMs

Now available, SPEX CertiPrep premixed pesticide multi-compound CRMs. Want all 144 top pesticides? We have the kit containing all of the compounds.
You analysis just got faster and easier. Calibration time will be shorter, requiring fewer injections. You will save money too. Our mixes will be less expensive than buying individual CRMs.
Click here for complete details on our Pesticide Mixes or contact us at CRMSales@spex.com.


We Found the Perfect Witches’ Brew Recipe to Make
Your Halloween Even Spookier!

Tired of the same old cider and hot cocoa recipes? Try the bewitchingbrew ideas to liven up your celebration. And best of all, there is more than one recipe to choose from!
Source: Farmer’s Almanac

Updated New Product Supplement



We Have Added Additional Products For All Of Your Standards and Certified Reference Materials Needs!

At SPEX CertiPrep we are committed to providing you all of the Analytical Standards and Certified Reference Materials you need to keep your lab going strong!
We have added additional products to our product offering which include:
Learn More!
Also included in our New Product Supplement, you can learn about our Loyal Customer Programs and SPoints Rewards.
We also have SPEX Lab Bench Tools with helpful information on concentration, volume and temperature scale conversions, along with Anion and Elemental concentration conversions.
Click here to download your FREE copy or contact us at CRMMarketing@spex.com to request a copy today!

Introducing New USP 232 Standards

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New Oral and Parenteral Mixes for USP 232

Guidelines set by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) require pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries to provide accurate, quantifiable results for the metal analysis in drugs, pharmaceutical substances and their constituent raw materials.
USP <232> outlines the limits and USP <233> outlines the procedures to test for metals of interest in pharmaceutical products,. The proposed procedures focus on the use of ICP-MS for the analysis of low-level impurities. The use of ICP-MS and reliable ICP-MS standards allow for increased efficiency and analysis accuracy necessary to comply with the strict regulations. In addition to the changes by the USP, the ICH is also planning to release similar guidelines on elemental impurities in pharmaceutical materials and products.
SPEX CertiPrep is proud to offer USP <232> Elemental Impurities Standards as part of our Consumer Safety Compliance Standards line. Our extensive experience in creating quality trace metals standards ensures your company will remain compliant with the new and ever-changing regulatory landscape.

New European Pesticide Mix


European Pesticide Mix

Introducing the SPEX CertiPrep European Pesticide Mix to address the European Commission’s Regulation 2017/170. The Commission is amending Annexes II, II and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards to maximum residue levels for bifenthrin, carbematide, cinidon-ethyl, fenpropimorph, and triflusulfuron in or on certain products.

For details and purchasing information visit our website.

Introducing Heavy Metals and Minerals Testing Kits


Introducing SPEX CertiPrep’s Heavy Metals and Minerals Testing Kits

Heavy Metals and Minerals Testing Kits are designed for routinely analyzed heavy metals and minerals. All kits come with (6) 30 mL standards which includes a nitric acid blank for easy dilution. Conveniently packaged in a sturdy, heavy-duty carton, these kits are perfect to store on a lab bench or in a cabinet.

The 30 mL standards ship non-hazardous, saving money on shipping costs. The smaller volume also allows for less hazardous waste should the standard expire before its contents are used.

Heavy Metals Testing Kits include Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Mercury and a Nitric Acid Blank.

Minerals Testing Kits include Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and a Nitric Acid Blank.

For complete information, please visit www.spexcertiprep.com/testing-kits.

Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness


Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. At SPEX CertiPrep, we support the hope that greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates.

Awareness needs to be ongoing so we are putting pink in your lab!

Every web order during the month of October will receive a free pink vial rack. We hope the rack will brighten up your bench space and be a reminder to take the steps to plan and detect breast cancer in its early stages and encourage other to do the same!

Did You Know?*

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide
  • Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since around 1990 due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options
Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts accessed 9/28/17

Patricia Atkins Awarded for Achievement in Technical and Scientific Excellence

Medical Marijuana

Patricia Atkins, Product Application Scientist at SPEX CertiPrep, participated in the Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM) “Cannabis  Potency” Working Group. The group worked to develop Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs®) in an effort to find fit-for-purpose method(s) for cannabis potency. The working group examined analytical challenges, regulatory requirements, and gaps in current methodology, etc. to submit SMPRs against which candidate methods can be evaluated. The SMPRs that are developed will be applicable for industry and regulators alike. The AOAC stakeholder panel, SPSFAM, will be used to advance draft standards developed by this new working group.

The group narrowed its focus to five cannabinoids (of the 15 compounds of interest) required for the initial SMPR; THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, and CBN.  Draft SMPRs were developed and are posted on the AOAC website at SPSFAm SMPRs for Public Comment: Cannabis and Proanthocyanadins in Cranberries and is open for public comment.

The standards development activities for cannabis potency are supported by AOAC Organizational Affiliates (OA) companies SPEX CertiPrep, Sigma-Aldrich, GW Pharmaceuticals, SCIEX, CEM Corp., and SC Labs through AOAC’s working group initiative.

The AOAC Official Methods Board recognizes significant contributions and meritorious volunteer service to the  AOAC analytical scientific community. Awards for both team and individual service are reviewed annually by the Official Methods Board.  Award categories are:  Achievement for Technical and Scientific Excellence, Expert Review Panel of the Year, Method of the Year, and Technical Service Award. Awardees receive their recognition during the AOAC Awards Ceremony during the AOAC Annual Meeting.

For questions or additional information, please contact SPEX CertiPrep at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or 1.732.549.7144 or via email at CRMMarketing@spex.com.

The 2017 Solar Eclipse, View it With SPEX CertiPrep!


On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a solar eclipse across the United States. Now why is this eclipse special you ask… this is the first time since 1880 that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the United States. No other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the sun.2 The eclipse will take about 90 minutes to cross the United States and pass through about 12 states.3

So what exactly is a total solar eclipse? A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely blocks the solar disk. In a total solar eclipse, the narrowest part of the path (where the Sun is completely blocked and the Moon casts its darkest shadow, called the umbra) is called the “zone of totality”.

What are the scientific benefits of the eclipse? The total solar eclipse offers scientists a unique opportunity to pursue a number of unique science and engineering problems. The very dark color of the moon can be used to calibrate X-ray imagers to properly record the ‘zero signal’ state, while the eclipse will block out the disk of the sun letting the light from the mysterious inner corona within 100 km of the solar photosphere shine into various experiments for detailed study.1

Fun Fact! If you are one of the lucky ones in the totality zone, you may see stars in the daytime! As the sky darkens, planets and stars hidden in the sky by the Sun’s bright light will reappear. Look for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus during totality.2

View the Eclipse with SPEX CertiPrep
SPEX CertiPrep would like to help you view the eclipse with us! All U.S. web orders placed on August 14th through August 18th will receive a pair of eclipse glasses for your viewing pleasure.

Check out this awesome video by NASA to learn more about the eclipse!

Image and Video sourced from nasa.gov

July 29th is National Lipstick Day


National Lipstick Day is on July 29th, 2017. In honor of National Lipstick Day, SPEX CertiPrep would like to share our App Note
Analysis of Lipstick for Toxic Elements using ICP-MS 

Evidence of the use of cosmetics, including lipstick, has been found in civilizations as early as ancient Mesopotamia. Many of the cosmetics used throughout history have contained potentially toxic elements and other contaminants. Ancient Egyptians used cosmetics containing large amounts of lead and mercury. Modern cosmetics are perceived to be free of dangerous toxins due to widespread regulation of many consumer products. The FDA, which oversees the regulation of cosmetic products, does not have regulations governing the level of toxic or dangerous contaminants in finished products, such as lipsticks. The FDA regulates limits on compound concentrations of additives and colorants, but no overall regulation is in place for the finished product’s level of potential contamination.
Studies prior to 2012 have found levels of lead up to 3 ppm in lipstick. The purpose of this study was to re-examine the potential for lead contamination in lipstick and determine if any other potentially toxic metals were present in these lipsticks. 48 lip products including lipsticks, lip glosses, moisturizing sticks, and lip stains were tested for the presence of toxic elements by ICP-MS.

Fun Facts About Lipstick

The first manmade lipsticks appeared around four to five thousand years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia

Some civilizations did not allow women to appear in public without extensive facial makeup.

80% of American women regularly wear lipstick, and over 25% won’t leave the house without wearing it.
Lipsticks can contain fish scales and castor oil that provides lips with a shiny film that can’t be smeared easily.
The most famous actresses that popularized lipsticks were Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor