Tributylphosphate (TBP) is presently the most used extractant for uranium, thorium and zirconium technologies, both for the purification of these elements from their concentrates and for the recovery of heavy metals in the reprocessing of irradiated fuels. Nevertheless, in the presence of phosphoric acid, some degradation products are formed, such as: di-n-butylphosphoric acid (HDBP), monobutylphosphoric ancd (H/sub 2/MBP) and ortophosphoric acid. The accumulation of these degradation products in the organic phase of the liquid-liquid extraction processes is highly undesirable. In order to avoid this problem, the separation of the mixture HDBP, H/sub 2/MBP and H/sub 3/PO/sub 4/ in TBP-dilutent or TBP-diluent-uranyl, thorium of zirconyl nitrate was then studied. Several separation techniques were investigated: adsorption using a cationic resin saturated with U(VI), chromatography in macroporous polymers, chromatography in alumina columns. Refractive index and condutimetric measurements were carried out to follow up the separation processes. The best results were obtained in an alumina column.