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Foreword: The evolving pharmacopoeia

29 February 2016 | By

Globalisation has facilitated greater international harmonisation and standardisation of quality standards, which in turn has impacted on pharmacopoeias1. Historically, general chapters were developed based on input from local regions with little concern for global consequences. This often led to the development of similar, but unidentical tests, for example, Residue on…


Rapid methods update: revisions to a United States Pharmacopeia chapter

3 September 2015 | By Michael J. Miller, PhD Microbiology Consultants, LLC

From 2010 to 2013, European Pharmaceutical Review published a very successful series on rapid microbiological methods (RMM) that included hot topics such as the European Medicines Agency’s and US Food and Drug Administration’s expectations, implementation strategies, scientific principles behind the technologies and validation.


New guidelines for breakmarks on tablets

13 June 2013 | By Tony Moffat, UCL School of Pharmacy and Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) produced their guidance for industry on tablet scoring in March 2013 to ensure that tablet scoring (breakmarks or breaklines) on generic tablets would enable them to be split in the same effective way as their reference listed products (RLD).


The implementation of rapid microbiological methods

16 December 2010 | By

This is the sixth and final paper in a series of articles on rapid microbiological methods that have appeared in European Pharmaceutical Review during 2010. Over the past year, we have explored the world of rapid microbiological methods (RMMs), focusing on validation strategies, regulatory expectations, and the technical and quality…