Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission

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Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission
Formation 1945
Headquarters Ghaziabad,[1] Uttar Pradesh, India
P. K. Pradhan, Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), Gov of India.

Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) is an autonomous institution of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which sets standards for all drugs that are manufactured, sold and consumed in India.[3] The set of standards are published under the title Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) which has been modelled over and historically follows from the British Pharmacopoeia. The standards that are in effect since December 1, 2010,[4] is the Indian Pharmacopoeia 2010 (IP 2010). The Pharmacopoeia 2014 was released by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on November 4, 2013.[5]

I.P., the abbreviation of 'Indian Pharmacopoeia' is familiar to the consumers in the Indian sub-continent as a mandatory drug name suffix. Drugs manufactured in India have to be labelled with the mandatory non-proprietary drug name with the suffix I.P. This is similar to the B.P. suffix for British Pharmacopoeia and the U.S.P. suffix for the United States Pharmacopeia.

The IPC was formed according to the Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 and established by executive orders of the Government of India in 1945.

Pharmacopoeia - History of publication[edit]

The actual process of publishing the first Pharmacopoeia started in the year 1944 under the chairmanship of Col. R. N. Chopra. The I. P. list was first published in the year 1946 and was put forth for approval. The titles are suffixed with the respective years of publication, e.g. IP 1996. The following table describes the publication history of the Indian Pharmacopoeia.[6]

Edition Year Addendum/Supplement
1st Edition 1955 Supplement 1960
2nd Edition 1966 Supplement 1975
3rd Edition 1985 Addendum 1989
Addendum 1991
4th Edition 1996 Addendum 2000
Vet Supplement 2000
Addendum 2002
Addendum 2005
5th Edition 2007 Addendum 2008
6th Edition 2010 Addendum 2012
7th Edition 2014 Addendum 2015
Addendum 2016

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