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Physical characteristics Key technical properties Value/unit
Main applications
Evaporation rate: Fast Purity min 99.9% m/m Pharmaceuticals
Solvency Power:  High Water content 0.03% m/m Cosmetics
Impurities:  Very Low Acidity 0.001% m/m Disinfectants
Odour: Mild
Boiling Point 82°C Skin Creams
- Flash point 12°C Food

Product overview

Isopropyl alcohol is is a clear, colourless liquid with a mild odour. It is a versatile and effective solvent being miscible in water, alcohols and other solvents, and will dissolve many types of organic substances including cellulose, oils, gums as well as natural resins.

IPA GMP can be used in the preparation of a number of pharmaceutical products such as medicinal tablets, as well as in disinfectants, sterilisers and skin creams. It may be used as a rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit in hand disinfectants.

GMP guidelines were developed in order to guarantee the quality of finished pharmaceuticals as well as both the active and non-active (excipient) chemicals used in their manufacture. GMP standards require a quality control system that covers the manufacturing, storage, supply and distribution of product destined for these applications. Control and traceability is put in place throughout the supply chain to ensure GMP compliance.

Technical Datasheet Europe/Africa/Asia-Pacific Americas
Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) GMP Datasheet N/A

GMP quality control

Good Manufacturing Practice

The introduction of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for IPA required physical changes to be made at our manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, to eliminate the risk of contamination.

The extensive quality data collected for this product can be included in additional documentation provided with each delivery, while the product’s GMP status is also identified on the certificate of analysis.

Dedicated road tankers are used to transport IPA-GMP¹ so there is no potential for product mix-ups and no need for cleaning between deliveries, which further reduces the risk of contamination.

To maintain the integrity and traceability of the product, quality measures are also in place while the product is en route.

The implementation of the GMP system has required a major training programme for plant, sales and customer service staff, as well as hauliers. Similar training can be provided to customers to ensure they fully understand the GMP requirements and have the appropriate measures for product reception in place.

How to buy from us

Shell Chemicals can supply a broad range of bulk hydrocarbon and chemical solvents to industrial customers. To make an initial enquiry, please complete this contact us to buy form.

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Delivery modes

Customers can order and have the product delivered by Shell or collect the product themselves from one of our manufacturing facilities. Available modes of delivery include truck, rail, or inter-modal (separate conditions apply).

In case of customer collections, the Shell site minimum requirements apply. For collection by barge or tanker special safety/vetting standards and requirements apply.

Minimum order size

Deliveries by road should involve fully loaded trucks of minimum 22 tonnes made up of one product. If you collect the product from our site the minimum order size is 18 tonnes.


Shell’s standard payment method is Direct Debit 30 days from invoice.

Delivery documentation

The following documents are provided with each delivery:

  • Bill of Lading, CMR Waybill or other relevant transport document
  • Certificate of Analysis or Conformity (if required)
  • HSSE-related documentation in line with regulations
  • Customs documentation in line with regulations (if required)

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