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Certification of suitability (CEP) / Procedure of certification (general) News 08 August 2019 Strasbourg, France
The latest monthly activity report for the Certification of Substances Department (DCEP) is now available.
Certification of suitability (CEP) / Procedure of certification (general) News 17 July 2019 Strasbourg, France
The EDQM has revised the following documents to reflect current practice and clarify a couple of items: - Terms of reference; - Code of Practice for the Certification procedure.
European Pharmacopoeia / General text/chapter News 15 July 2019 Strasbourg, France
At its 162nd session in November 2018, the Ph. Eur. Commission adopted a new version of one of its major general methods. Ultraviolet and visible absorption spectrophotometry (2.2.25) has undergone extensive revision and is published in the 10th Edition (implementation date 1 January...

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The EDQM announces the availability of: • 11 new Ph. Eur. reference standards • 28 replacement batches for Ph. Eur. reference standards Information on reference standards removed from catalogue. Information on change of sales...
CEP holders are invited to update their applications according to the revised monographs that will be implemented on the 1st of January 2020 in the 10th Edition of the Ph. Eur., and to follow the instructions given in the document.
According to the EDQM roadmap for electronic submissions for CEP applications, a major change will be implemented as of 1 January 2020: • eCTD will become mandatory for all CEP applications. • EDQM will stop accepting NeeS...


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12 October 2019
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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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