The International Pharmacopoeia
The International Pharmacopoeia (Pharmacopoeia Internationalis, Ph. Int.) is a pharmacopoeia issued by the World Health Organization as a recommendation, with the aim to achieve a wide global uniformity of quality specifications for selected pharmaceutical drugs, excipients, and dosage forms.
The information published in the International Pharmacopoeia is collated via a consultative procedure and is based on international experience, the monographs being established in an independent manner.
Priority is given to medicines that are widely used throughout the world. High priority is accorded to medicines that are important to WHO health programs, and which may not appear in any other pharmacopoeias, e.g., new antimalarial drugs.
List of the editions of international pharmacopoeia
|1||First Edition||1951 (Volume 1)
1955 (Volume 2)
|2 volumes plus supplement|
|3||Third Edition||1979||5 volumes|
|4||Fourth Edition||2006||Print or CD-ROM||2 volumes|
- European Pharmacopoeia, another supranational pharmacopoeia