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Transfusion News 09 December 2016 Strasbourg, France
Good Practice Guidelines published in the “Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components” will become mandatory within the 31 Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area from 15 February 2018
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Certification of suitability (CEP) / Procedure of certification (general) News 08 December 2016 Strasbourg, France
The last monthly activity report for the Certification of Substances Division (DCEP) is now available.
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European Pharmacopoeia / Ph. Eur. Commission News 05 December 2016 Strasbourg, France
In 2009, the medical world faced a severe shortage of molybdenum-99 due to unexpected shutdown of some of the five nuclear research reactors that then supplied practically whole world consumption of molybdenum-99.

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The EDQM has revised the document "Guidance for electronic submissions for Certificates of Suitability (CEPs) applications".
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Deadline for comments: 31 December 2016. Pharmeuropa contains draft pharmacopoeial texts for which the European Pharmacopoeia Commission is seeking comment.
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The 6th edition of the new Guide is now published. It contains the most updated information and guidance for all professionals involved in the donations and transplantation of human organs.

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07 February 2017 to 08 February 2017
Strasbourg, France
The Vision of the EDQM
In brief
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  • 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
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  • 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)
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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Ph. Eur. Commission has granted observer status to India
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During its 156th Session, the Ph.Eur. Commission unanimously decided to grant India observer status. This brings to 29 the number of observers, from 6 continents. As an observer, India can participate in the scientific work of the Commission and its expert meetings, attend Commission sessions and become involved in the  other EDQM activities. Observer status also facilitates development of a mutually-beneficial relationship and sharing of expertise on issues pertinent to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.

The Ph. Eur. Members and observers

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