WHO ICRS Orders & Catalogue
EDQM / WHO ICRS collaboration
The EDQM and the World Health Organization (WHO) are pleased to announce that EDQM is responsible for the distribution of WHO's International Chemical Reference Substances (ICRS).
The EDQM takes over responsibility for the establishment, preparation, storage and distribution of WHO ICRS from Apoteket AB, previously the WHO Collaborating Centre for ICRS. Reference material that was held and distributed by Apoteket AB will now be distributed by the EDQM.
ICRS are adopted by the WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations. They are supplied primarily for use in physical and chemical tests and assays described in the specifications for quality control of drugs published in the International Pharmacopoeia.
The EDQM will also organise international collaborative studies to establish new standards when required with WHO's assistance.
Please consult the International Chemical Reference Substances database to:
- find if a standard is available;
- download the leaflet and safety data sheet.
Catalogue available to Download
The catalogue lists all the reference standards officially valid for the uses prescribed in the European Pharmacopoeia monographs. It gives a list of newly adopted standards, a Batch Validity Statement (BVS) for reference standards, 2687 Safety Data Sheets, and 1386 leaflets are available to download. It is updated daily in English only.
Reference Standards Catalogue (pdf)
(pdf Bilingual version English and French).-
How to order or request a quotation
Orders or quotation requests can be submitted to the EDQM:
- using the Store;
- by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that your order is on your company letterhead and states both the catalogue code and substance name, and is attached to your e-mail.
Please submit each order or request only once, either via the WebStore or by e-mail.
For more detailed instructions, please read "Order and dispatch of EDQM products".