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European Pharmacopoeia / Announcements News 20 June 2018 Strasbourg, France
To celebrate the publication of the 10th Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the European Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs) and the Certification of suitability to the monographs of the European...
Transfusion / Donations Campaigns & World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) News 13 June 2018 Strasbourg, France
June 14 is World Blood Donor Day! Let’s celebrate together! Giving blood saves lives. Every year more than 25 million blood transfusions are performed in Europe.
EDQM News 12 June 2018 Metz, France
The first stone of a new secondary site for the Council of Europe’s European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) has been laid. The new site will be used to store the EDQM’s portfolio of over 3 000 pharmaceutical reference standards, as an addition to those...

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3 new Ph. Eur. Reference Standards (RS) were released in May 2018
The latest monthly activity report for the Certification of Substances Department (DCEP) is now available.
The monograph for Water, highly purified (HPW) will be suppressed on 1 April 2019 from the Ph. Eur. The monograph suppression is a consequence of the recent revision of the monograph for Water for injections (0169), which now allows...

Agenda

09 October 2018 to 11 October 2018
Madrid, Spain
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 countries (including the EU) and 29 observers (including WHO and TFDA) as of December 2017.
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.
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Ph. Eur. Commission: Uzbekistan became the 30th Observer
Focus

During its March 2018 session, the Ph.Eur. Commission unanimously decided to grant Uzbekistan observer status. This brings to 30 the number of observers, from 6 continents. As observer, Uzbekistan can participate in the scientific work of the Commission and its expert meetings, attend Commission sessions and become involved in other EDQM activities. Observer status also facilitates development of a mutually-beneficial relationship and sharing of expertise on issues pertinent to the quality of medicines and healthcare.

More information on Ph. Eur. Members and observers.

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