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    α-Tocopherol can exist as eight possible stereoisomers due to the presence of three chiral carbons. Regulations and industry guidelines necessitate that dietary vitamin E intakes be based on the vitamin E activity of RRR-α-tocopherol. Food products fortified with synthetic all-rac-α-tocopherol or all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate during manufacturing will require chiral separation of the α-tocopherol stereoisomers for accurate estimation of vitamin E activity. The development of an HPLC method utilizing a chiral column for the chromatographic separation of RRR-α-tocopherol from other α-tocopherol stereoisomers. Normal phase liquid chromatographic separation using a polysaccharide-based chiral column with fluorescence detection of α-tocopherol stereoisomers. The described chromatographic method achieves baseline resolution of RRR-α-tocopherol from its stereoisomers. Method selectivity, precision, and robustness were evaluated and acceptable performance was achieved. The chromatographic method was found to be suitable for application where both RRR-α-tocopherol content and total α-tocopherol content are required for routine compliance testing. A robust and precise chomatographic method for the baseline resolution of RRR-α-tocopherol from its stereoisomers was acheived. © AOAC INTERNATIONAL 2020. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email:


    Brendon D Gill, Harvey E Indyk. Separation of RRR-α-Tocopherol by Chiral Chromatography. Journal of AOAC International. 2020 Sep 01;103(5):1288-1292

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    PMID: 33241398

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