Lipid Analysis

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis - a specialist laboratory, experts in the analysis of fatty acids & lipids.

Sector: Aquaculture,   Food & Drink


James Hutton Limited is home to Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, a specialist lipid laboratory established at the James Hutton Institute in 1995 by Bill Christie and Frank Gunstone, renowned lipid analysis experts.

The current laboratory team has more than 20 years' experience of analysing oils and fats. The laboratory has been inspected by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and is approved for analysing lipids from clinical trials to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards. It has also been inspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and it is approved by the FDA and MHRA for the analysis of lipid-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards.  

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis is one of very few organisations in the world that has this double accreditation.  In addition the team has expertise in the extraction of lipids from complex matrices, stability testing and the analysis of omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and other complex lipids.

The Mylnefield Lipid Analysis team claimed first place in the 2016/2017 GOED Nutraceuticals Series of the American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS) Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP), the worlds most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing programme for oil and fat related commodities.

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Specific Analyses

Lipid analysis can be used for:

  • The food and drink sector - lipids in the form of oils and fats have a pivotal effect on the taste, stability, mouthfeel and nutritional content of an enormous range of products
  • Food supplements and nutriceuticals, from omega-3 oils to antioxidants
  • The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector - lipids are essential for diagnosing disease, delivering innovative new treatments and developing new and efficient methods for applying those treatments to the patient
  • Fuels, lubricants, insulators for the electricity industry and raw materials for producing biodegradable materials
  • Omega 3 analysis – an area of specialty for Mylnefield Lipid Analysis 

For further details of all analysis and to contact Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, please visit

Stability Testing and Stability Storage

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis provide a full complement of state-of-the-art cGMP stability storage and analytical testing resources and expertise to support commercial stability studies, release testing and quality control analyses for active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products in virtually all dosage forms and delivery systems.

Stability Storage Conditions Available:

25°C/ 60%RH (± 2°C/±5%RH) - Real time storage
40°C/ 75%RH (± 2°C/±5%RH) - Accelerated storage

GMP stability storage solutions include:

  • Stability storage at typical ICH conditions for API and finished product

  • Customized stability storage

  • Accelerated stress studies at high temperature and humidity

  • fully mapped stability chambers

  • 24-Hour continuous monitoring and recording of conditions

  • Back-up power to stability chambers and monitoring system

  • Controlled access facility

  • Stability study protocol development

  • Sample management during study

  • In-house analytical testing and technical support throughout the stability study

  • Dispatch to testing sites for subcontracted analytical testing

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis can write the stability storage protocol for approval by the customer before commencing the study, or alternatively Mylnefield Lipid Analysis can follow the customers own protocol.

Please contact Claire Traynor to discuss any stability study requirements.


The James Hutton Institute analytical laboratories operate to the standards required by UKAS accreditation and many of our routine techniques are accredited.  A full accreditation schedule can be found at

Our ability to perform a huge variety of techniques means that in general a one-off analysis may not be accredited but our total commitment to high standards ensures it will be carried out to the exacting specifications that accreditation requires.

Contact us for further information. 

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