The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) will discontinue the device version of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) as of the 11th Edition, which is scheduled for publication in July 2022, and focus efforts on the online and paper versions.
The EDQM was the first pharmacopoeia to provide a device version, evolving from CD-ROM to DVD, to USB. In 2020, with the 10th Edition, a version was introduced for installation on USB sticks and/or computers, downloadable for all customers directly within the online interface.
Demand for these mobile versions has dwindled over time, however, and the vast majority of users prefer the online version. The EDQM has therefore decided to discontinue its device version as from the 11th Edition. This decision will also allow the EDQM to focus efforts on supporting and improving the version users prefer. Customers with the 10.6-10.8 subscription will still be able to use their device version until the end of 2022.
Users are invited to provide any feedback and suggestions for improvements to the Ph. Eur. online via the EDQM HelpDesk or via the customer survey to be conducted in the near future.