(1999; 168 pages) [Spanish]
2.2 Simple test methodology
The Committee noted that a third volume to complement Basic tests for pharmaceutical substances and Basic tests for pharmaceutical dosage forms (3, 4) was in the process of publication. This volume would include references to other publications and documents, including some alternative tests based mainly on thin-layer chromatography and other simple methods. Work was continuing on the development of additional simple tests.
It was stressed that the basic tests should not be regarded as suitable or intended for use only in developing countries, but should be used more widely as quick testing methods as part of the preliminary screening of suspected counterfeit, spurious or substandard pharmaceutical products at various points such as ports of entry. It was suggested that some reference should be made in The international pharmacopoeia to the basic tests being complementary to, but not substitutes for, pharmacopoeial tests.
The Committee noted that Volumes 1-4 of The international pharmacopoeia (2, 5, 6, 7) and both publications of basic tests (3, 4) had already been published in English, French and Spanish. It recommended that the possibility of publishing them in other languages, including Russian, should be explored.