Service Portfolio

PhytoLab is your ideal partner when it comes to analytical services, as shown by the PhytoLab service portfolio presented below. If the service you require is not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us.


The following are just a few of the branches we work for.

Advice and service

We offer a wide range of advisory and other services. Please feel free to contact us. The following are just a few of the services we offer:

  • Advice on the conceptual design of products
  • Judicial expertise
  • Expert reports (analytical reports, bibliographic reports on efficacy and safety, combined explanatory statements)
  • Coordination of product developments
  • Laboratory work by arrangement, contract research
  • Literature research in international databases
  • Method development for starting materials and finished products (medicinal products, food and cosmetics)
  • Method validation/verification
  • Periodic safety update reports (PSURs)
  • Phytosanitary certificates
  • Stability tests (physical, chemical, microbiological)
  • Marketability reports
  • Market authorisation papers and dossiers
  • Market authorisation advice and service
  • Manufacturing authorisation according to section 13 AMG
  • More on request


Many years of laboratory expertise and modern laboratory equipment enable PhytoLab to carry out a wide range of analyses. The following are just a few of the analytical services that we can offer you:

Quality control methods

We carry out analyses in accordance with various guidelines and specifications. The following are just a few of these.

  • AOAC methods
  • Pharmacopoeia monographs
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) methods
  • LFGB (German Food and Feed Code) methods
  • Literature methods
  • More on request

Contaminants and residues

The following are just a few of the contaminants and residues examined at PhytoLab.

  • Acrylamide
  • Fumigants (including ethylene oxide, phosphine)
  • Halogenated phenols
  • Mycotoxins
  • Nitrates, nitrites
  • Pesticides
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA)
  • Radioactivity
  • Residual solvents
  • Heavy metals and metals
  • Sulphite
  • Tropane alkaloids (TA)
  • Plasticisers
  • More on request


Phytolab offers a wide range of analytes in the field of mycotoxins. The following are just a few of the mycotoxin analytes examined at PhytoLab.

  • Aflatoxin M1
  • Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2
  • Alternaria toxins
  • Deoxynivalenol and nivalenol
  • Fumonisins B1 and B2
  • HT-2 toxin
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Patulin
  • T-2 toxin
  • Zearalenone
  • More on request


Pesticide analysis is a field that covers a wide range of analytes. The following are just a few of the pesticide analytes examined at PhytoLab.

  • Anthraquinones
  • Chlormequat, mepiquat
  • Dithiocarbamate
  • Ethylene oxide and 2-chloroethanol
  • Ethylene thiourea (ETU), propylene thiourea (PTU)
  • Fungicides
  • Glyphosate and AMPA
  • Halogenated phenols
  • Methyl bromide
  • Organochlorine pesticides
  • Organophosphorus pesticides
  • quat, diquat
  • Phenoxy-alkane carboxylic acids
  • Phenylureas
  • Pyrethroids
  • Pyridate, pyridate metabolite, pyridate conjugates
  • Pericarp treatment agent
  • Tin compounds
  • More on request

Heavy metals and metals

PhytoLab offers analyses for heavy metals and metals. The following are just a few of these.

  • Aluminium
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Iron
  • Gold
  • Iridium
  • Potassium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Lithium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Sodium
  • Nickel
  • Palladium
  • Phosphorus
  • Platinum
  • Mercury
  • Rhodium
  • Ruthenium
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Thallium
  • More on request

Microbiological analyses

Various modern analytical procedures, including PCR methods, are used in the field of microbiology. The following are just a few of the microorganisms examined at PhytoLab.

  • Total aerobic bacteria count (TABC)
  • Alicyclobacillus
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Candida albicans
  • Coliform germs
  • Cronobacter
  • Enterobacter sakazakii
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Escherichia coli
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella
  • Moulds and yeasts
  • Spore formers
  • Staphylococcus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Sulphite-reducing clostridia
  • More on request

Quantitative analyses

PhytoLab's service spectrum also includes quantitative analyses, examining both secondary plant constituents and active substances. The following are just a few of the substances analysed at PhytoLab.

  • Alkaloids
  • Essential oils
  • Cannabinoids
  • Capsaicin derivatives
  • Catechins
  • Diterpenes
  • Fatty acids
  • Flavonoids
  • Tannins
  • Glycosides
  • Hydroxyanthracene derivatives
  • Iridoid
  • Isoflavones
  • Monoterpenes
  • Plant-specific constituents
  • Phenylpropane
  • Polyphenols (e.g. curcumin)
  • Saponins
  • Sterols
  • Triterpenes
  • More on request


PhytoLab performs a wide range of analyses in the field of identification. The following are just a few of these.

  • Analysis by means of thin-layer chromatography (TLC)
  • Analysis by means of gas chromatography (GC)
  • Analysis by means of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Degustation
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Microscopy
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Pharmacognostic studies on drugs
  • Sensory analyses
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • More on request

Nutrient determination

PhytoLab analyses a wide range of nutrients in order to offer you with everything from a single source. The following are a few of the nutrients analysed at PhytoLab.

  • Amino acids
  • Dietary fibre
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • More on request

General test procedures

PhytoLab offers test procedures for numerous other substances. The following are just a few of these.

  • Ash
  • Determination of bitterness
  • Refractive index
  • Breaking strength
  • Ester number
  • Chromaticity
  • Friability
  • Determination of the content of essential oil in drugs
  • Hydroxyl number
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Iodine number
  • Karl Fischer method
  • Optical rotation
  • Peroxide number
  • pH value
  • Swelling index
  • Rancidity (hexanal)
  • Relative density
  • Acid insoluble ash (AIA)
  • Acid value
  • Melting temperature
  • Bulk and tamped volume
  • Sieve analysis
  • Sulphated ash
  • Loss on drying (LOD)
  • Unsaponifiable fractions
  • Saponification value
  • Active substance release
  • Disintegration time
  • More on reques

Test matrices

Our portfolio of test matrices includes phytopharmaceuticals, herbal and fruit teas, food supplements, dietary foods, extracts and cosmetics. The following are just a few of the matrices that are tested at PhytoLab.

  • Anise
  • Apple
  • Valerian
  • Birch leaves
  • Nettle
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Ivy
  • Fennel
  • Rosehip
  • Hibiscus
  • Elderberry (berries and flowers)
  • St. John's wort
  • Camellia
  • Spearmint
  • Caraway
  • Lime blossom
  • Melissa
  • Orange peel
  • Peppermint
  • Rooibos
  • Sabal
  • Sage
  • Horsetail
  • Black / green tea
  • Senna
  • Liquorice
  • Thyme
  • Hawthorn
  • More on request

Laboratory equipment

Our laboratory is equipped with ultra-modern devices, which are maintained at regular intervals and replaced by means of new investments as and when necessary. The following are just a few of the devices used in our laboratory.

  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)
  • Equipment for convention methods
  • Thin layer chromatography (DC)
  • Gas chromatography (GC & GC-MS/MS)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC & LC-MS/MS)
  • IR spectrometry
  • High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS)
  • Inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Microbiology laboratory of biosafety level 2 (BSL-2)
  • Microscopy with photo documentation
  • Radioactivity detection
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy