Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis vol:20 issue:1-2 pages:217-24
An interlaboratory study has been performed to determine the relative potencies of spiramycins (SPMs) I, II and III by diffusion or/and turbidimetric assays with Bacillus subtilis or Staphylococcus aureus as the test organisms. Six laboratories from three countries participated. Experimental procedures were according to the European Pharmacopoeia, 3rd ed. The activity of SPM I is markedly higher than that of SPM II and III. By diffusion, the activities of SPM II and III relative to SPM I were found to be 57 and 72%, respectively. The interlaboratory relative standard deviations (RSD) varied from 3.6 to 16.3%. By turbidimetry, the activities of SPM II and III relative to SPM I were found to be 45 and 52%, respectively. The interlaboratory RSD values varied from 2.6 to 7.7%. The results of the study were analyzed according to the ISO 5725-2 guidelines to determine the repeatability, the between-laboratory and the reproducibility variances of both methods.