The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) defines requirements for the qualitative and quantitative composition of medicines, the tests to be carried out on medicines and on substances and materials used in their production.
It covers active substances, excipients and preparations of chemical, animal, human or herbal origin, homoeopathic preparations and homoeopathic stocks, antibiotics, as well as dosage forms and containers. It also includes texts on biologicals, blood and plasma derivatives, vaccines and radiopharmaceutical preparations. The European Pharmacopoeia and its requirements are legally binding in the member states of the European Pharmacopoeia Convention and the European Union.
The 8th Edition will consist of two initial volumes (8.0) and 8 non-cumulative supplements (8.1 to 8.8). Each volume contains a complete table of contents and index. Volume 1 and 2 combined contain 2224 monographs, 345 general chapters illustrated with diagrams or chromatograms and 2500 descriptions of reagents. Printed with a hardback cover, for use in a laboratory or manufacturing environmen