The enantiomeric separations of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (dopa) and 2-hydrazino-2-methyl-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)propanoic acid (carbidopa) by capillary electrophoresis were studied using several native, neutral and anionic cyclodextrins as chiral additives and uncoated fused-silica capillaries. The effect of the type and concentration of the cyclodextrin added to 20 mM phosphate buffer (pH 2.5) on enantioseparation and migration times was studied. A high resolution value of 15.63 was obtained for dopa enantiomers with a buffer containing 20 mM single isomer, heptakis(2,3-diacetyl-6-sulfato)-beta-cyclodextrin. The enantiomers of carbidopa were separated using 20 mM carboxymethyl-beta-cyclodextrin as a chiral resolving agent. Both methods allowed the determination of 0.1% of the D-enantiomer (second migrating) in the presence of the L-enantiomer (first migrating) of dopa and carbidopa with a good precision. These methods also gave good results in terms of precision for both peak area, migration time, linearity and accuracy. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.