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Certification of suitability (CEP) News 11 October 2017 Strasbourg, France
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) and ANVISA, the Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which lays the foundation for ANVISA to consider the use of Certificates of Suitability to the monographs of...
Transplantation / Organ trafficking News 28 September 2017 Strasbourg, France
With the Czech Republic becoming its 4th ratifying party on 21 September, the Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs is getting closer to coming into force. The country is one of the initial signatory Member States to the Convention, when this was first opened for signature...
Certification of suitability (CEP) / Procedure of certification (general) News 27 September 2017 Prague, Czech Republic
The EDQM held a 2-day conference in Prague to exchange with the worldwide pharmaceutical sector and to keep authorities and manufacturers alike informed of recent developments and of the future of its Certification of suitability to the monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia in the...

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Users of CEPs are invited to provide comments on draft monographs published in Pharmeuropa 29.4 before 31st December 2017.
Supplement 9.4 of the Ph. Eur is now available. CEP holders are invited to update their applications according to the revised monographs that will be implemented on the 1st of April 2018, and to follow the instructions given in the...
As of 1 January 2018: eCTD mandatory for new CEP applications and NeeS or eCTD for revision or renewal applications


17 October 2017 to 19 October 2017
Strasbourg, France
24 October 2017 to 26 October 2017
Frankfurt, Germany
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.
  • 38 signatory parties (including the EU) and 29 observers (including WHO and TFDA) as of November 2016.
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 4,200 certificates covering more than 1,000 substances have been granted in more than 50 countries.

  • Assessment is jointly performed by assessors from the national competent authorities and EDQM assessors

  • Organises an inspection programme involving a network of around 100 assessors and 30 inspectors from 24 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.
Ph. Eur.: Republic of Moldova becomes 39th Member

On 24 January 2017, the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe handed to Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the instrument of accession to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia [European Treaty Series n° 050], as amended by the Protocol of 16 November 1989.
The Convention has entered into force in the Republic of Moldova on 25 April 2017, making the country the 39th Member State of the European Pharmacopoeia.

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