Thursday 31 July 2014

Pharmeuropa 26.3 – items of interest

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Draft Monographs and General Texts for Comment:

5.3       Statistical Analysis of Results of Biological Assays and Tests

Equivalence testing. It is proposed to include an explicit mention of ‘equivalence testing’ in section 7.6. It is already noted in the introduction that the general chapter is not mandatory, and that methods that are not described but are supported by data and agreed by the competent authorities can be used. Nevertheless, ‘equivalence testing’ is now explicitly mentioned, which may facilitate consideration of this method by the competent authorities if it is presented with appropriate supporting documentation.

2.2.3    Potentiometric Determination of pH

The main changes in the revised text concern the choice of buffers used for the calibration of the pH meter which is now more flexible and does not start obligatorily with an initial calibration at pH 4.0. Furthermore, the chapter now allows the use of commercially available, certified reference materials as buffer solutions.

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