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Ethylhexylglycerin, an alkyl glyceryl ether, used in various cosmetics and deodorants is also known to have anti-microbial activity and hence used as an adjuvant along with other preservatives to produce synergistic effect. In the present study, a gas chromatographic method has been employed and validated to determine the presence of impurities along with ethylhexylglycerin. A column having the dimension of DB-1 30m x 0.32mm; 0.25µm with acetone as solvent was found to be optimal for the ideal separation of ethylhexylglycerin from its impurities. Injection volume was set to 1 µl and temperature was maintained at 240°C. A clear peak was observed with the retention time of 8.002 minutes. As per ICH guidelines, the developed method was validated with respect to specificity, sensitivity, Limit of detection, Limit of quantification, linearity, precision, and also stability studies. As per the method, it shows a good correlation co-efficient (R2) value of 0.999 within the concentration range of 0.1- 0.75µg. Therefore, a gas chromatographic method was proposed which can be precise, specific and can be employed for the determination of ethylhexylglycerin in various pharmaceutical formulations.
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