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EDQM / All activities News 13 December 2019 Strasbourg, France
The EDQM will be closed from Monday 23 December 2019 to Wednesday 2 January 2020.
European Pharmacopoeia / Ph. Eur. Commission News 11 December 2019 Strasbourg, France
During its 165th session, held in Strasbourg on 26 and 27 November 2019, the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission (re)appointed more than 850 experts to its current 21 groups of experts and 39 active working parties for a new term running from November 2019 to November 2022...
EDQM / All activities News 21 November 2019 Strasbourg, France
As part of its efforts to improve customer service, the EDQM has developed a streamlined version of its HelpDesk and FAQs platform. The new HelpDesk was redesigned on the basis of feedback received from users and now benefits from a more intuitive interface, which is expected to...

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The Ph. Eur. Commission proposes to revise the general monograph on Substances for pharmaceutical use (2034). This proposal has been made further to the European Commission referral C(2019)2698 of 2 April 2019 and the review initiated...
The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission is undertaking a review of the dosage form monographs and related general chapters. Five different texts finalised by Ph. Eur. Group of Experts 12 have been launched for public...
The EDQM announces the availability of: 9 new European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) reference standards; 20 replacement batches for Ph. Eur. reference standards.


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01 April 2020 to 02 April 2020
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The Vision of the EDQM
In brief
  • A Directorate of the Council of Europe created in 1964.
  • A leading organisation that protects public health by enabling the development, supporting the implementation and monitoring the application of quality standards for safe medicines and their safe use.
  • Also develops guidance and standards in the areas of blood transfusion, organ transplantation and consumer health issues.
The European Pharmacopoeia
In brief
  • Main objective is to provide common quality standards to control the quality of medicines and of substances used in the manufacture of medicines (human and veterinary use).
  • Legally binding in European member states.
  • 39 signatory parties (including the EU) and 30 observers (including WHO and TFDA) as of March 2018.
Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL)
In brief
  • A network of independent public laboratories appointed by the national authorities.
  • Around 70 laboratories provide human and technical resources to implement testing programmes.
  • 36 European countries and 5 countries outside Europe participate in the various activities and programmes.
The Certification of Suitability
In brief


  • Established in 1994.
  • Over 4,900 certificates covering more than 1,100 substances have been granted in more than 60 countries.
  • Assessment is jointly performed by a network of around 100 assessors from the national competent authorities and EDQM assessors.
  • Organises an inspection programme involving a network of around 30 inspectors from 20 different national competent authorities and the EDQM.


HealthCare Activities
In brief
  • Blood Transfusion & Organ Transplantation: elaborating ethical, legal and safety standards.
  • Pharmaceutical Care : developing and promoting best practices
  • Anti-counterfeiting activities: supporting the protection of public health.
  • Cosmetics & Packaging Materials: focusing on the safe use of cosmetics and packaging materials for food and medicines.
Call for experts: Join the Ph. Eur. Network!

The EDQM is renewing its call for expressions of interest to join the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) as an independent scientific expert. Professionals from national authorities (e.g. pharmacopoeial authorities, official medicines control laboratories, licensing authorities and inspectorates), the private sector (pharmaceutical or chemical industries), academia, research organisations and other experts are encouraged to apply. This is an ideal opportunity to take part in the work of the Ph. Eur., to network with professionals with various backgrounds and from all over Europe and beyond, and to help shape Ph. Eur. texts, internationally-recognised quality standards for medicines.

More information on Ph. Eur. Members and observers.

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