What are APIs and should I be concerned about them?

Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are defined as any substance or a mixture of substances that when used in the production of a drug, becomes an active ingredient in the drug product.

Unlike most chemical hazards in the workplace for which health effects upon exposure are incidental, the purpose of an API is to have the maximum biological effect, typically with the lowest dose possible (potency). Therefore, monitoring, assessment and control of employee exposure to potent APIs is a significant concern in any operation handling these types of materials.

Bureau Veritas provides analytical services to the Life Sciences Industries:  pharmaceuticals, bio-pharm, medical device and clinical work environments; and has been doing so for decades. We offer the largest number of highly sensitive and specific air and surface sampling analytical methods of any commercial  laboratory in the world for APIs, Isolated Process Intermediates (IPIs), as well as many process chemical agents and solvents. 

Our laboratory utilizes a number of different instruments including LC/MS/MS, UHPLC-DAD/FLD/CAD, HPLC-DAD-FLD, IC-EC and a variety of less common technologies and is accredited by AIHA to ISO 17025.

Instructional Videos:

IH Sampling for Inhalable Particulate using IOM Samplers Instructional Video 

Field Stabilization/Desorption for Filters Instructional Video