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Reference Standard / General | News | 16 November 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The expertise of the EDQM laboratory has recently been confirmed by an ISO 17025 accreditation for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and quantitative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (qNMR). These modern and state of the art techniques further expand the technical competence of the EDQM laboratory to characterise the official reference standards of the European Pharmacopoeia (...
Transplantation / Legal Framework | News | 08 November 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs was ratified by Portugal on 8 November 2018 and will commence having legal effect in the country as of 1 March 2019. The Convention identifies various activities constituting human organ trafficking which ratifying member states must consider as criminal offences.
Transplantation / Organ | News | 06 November 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The Organ Guide now in its 7th Edition supports professionals on a practical level to improve the rate of successful and safe organ transplantation. The Organ Guide collates updated information to provide professionals with the most recent advances in the field, as well as technical guidance to ensure the safety and quality of human organs intended for transplantation.
European Pharmacopoeia / Public enquiry | News | 06 November 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission is consulting its stakeholders on Ph. Eur. dosage form monograph on Parenteral preparations (0520) and new informative chapter on testing for visible particles (5.17.2)
European Pharmacopoeia / Public enquiry | News | 30 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
Your input is essential to shape future European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) monographs and helps keep texts relevant and fit for purpose. The issue 30.4 of Pharmeuropa is complete and ready for comments: manufacturers and users have until 31 December 2018 to provide their feedback on draft Ph. Eur. texts and to verify their products’ compliance with the new or revised drafts monographs.
European Pharmacopoeia / General text/chapter | News | 30 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) has launched a public consultation on its new general chapter 5.1.12 on depyrogenation of items used in the production of parenteral preparations. While depyrogenation is not a new topic for the Ph. Eur., this is the first time that a dedicated chapter covers specifically the inactivation of pyrogens and related endotoxin indicators. Pyrogens are substances...
Products and Services | News | 24 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
Recently released: 2 new Ph. Eur. Reference standards Zoledronic acid monohydrate and Infliximab BRP, as well as 16 replacement batches
European Pharmacopoeia / Pharmacopoeial discussion group (PDG) | News | 24 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The face-to-face meeting of the Pharmacopoeial Discussion Group (PDG) [European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.), Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)] was hosted by the EDQM in Strasbourg, France, on 2-3 October 2018. WHO participated as Observer.
European network of OMCLs | News | 17 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
Following the detection of the impurity NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) in valsartan at the end of June, the EDQM has conducted a complete review of the manufacturing information submitted in all Certificate of suitability (CEP) applications for valsartan and other structurally related active substances. The EDQM contacted those manufacturers of valsartan and other sartans holding CEPs which might...
Transplantation / Donation Campaigns & European Organ Donation Day (EODD) | News | 12 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
Organ transplantation is one of the great medical success stories of the 20th century, over the past few decades it has improved the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of patients. The most recent data show that more than 144 000 patients are waiting for a transplant in Council of Europe member states, and each day, 18 patients on waiting lists die waiting for an organ that never arrived...
European network of OMCLs | News | 11 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
Today the first method for simultaneous determination of NDMA and NDEA in Sartan tablets, developed and validated for Valsartan tablets has been released by the German OMCL in Karlsruhe.
European Pharmacopoeia / Gene therapy | News | 08 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The EDQM is the Directorate of the Council of Europe responsible for supporting the basic human right of access to good quality medicines and health care in Europe. With its European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.), the EDQM sets requirements for the quality of medicines, including those in the field of Gene Therapy Products (GTPs).
Pharmaceutical care / Paediatric Formulary | News | 05 October 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The EDQM has launched a public consultation on the first two pilot monographs and on two general texts for its European Paediatric Formulary. Pharmacists and paediatricians across Europe are called to provide their feedback on the draft monographs on Hydrochlorothiazide oral solution and on Sotalol oral solution.
Transfusion / Legal Framework | News | 28 September 2018 | Strasbourg, France
The EDQM has issued a set of recommendations for the development of cost-effective and sustainable Quality Management Systems (QMSs) in Blood Establishments (BEs) across Europe. The document follows on from the European Conference on “Sharing best practices: Quality Risk Management, Change Control, Validation and Qualification in Blood Establishments”, held by the EDQM in October 2017 in...
Transplantation / Cell | News | 27 September 2018 | Strasbourg, France
This publication aims at providing clear, accurate and balanced information to women about the donation of oocytes (also known as egg cells).