Monday 25 November 2013

8th Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia

The 8th Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia has an implementation date of 1 January 2014. It contains more than 2220 monographs and 340 general chapters and 2500 descriptions of reagents. It is comprised of two initial volumes, and as for other recent editions, non-cumulative supplements will be issued three times a year following the decisions taken at each session of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission.

The texts of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) concern the qualitative and quantitative composition of medicines, the tests to be carried out on medicines, on the raw materials used in the production of medicines and on the intermediates of synthesis. It contains texts covering substances, excipients and preparations for pharmaceutical use of chemical, animal, human or herbal origin, homoeopathic preparations and homoeopathic stocks, antibiotics, as well as dosage forms and containers. The texts also cover biologicals, blood and plasma derivatives, vaccines and radiopharmaceutical preparations. They are legally binding.
Posted by Tim Sandle

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