Guidelines on the Use of International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) for Pharmaceutical Substances
(1997; 41 pages) View the PDF document
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Open this folder and view contents1. General introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Elements in the INN system
Open this folder and view contents3. Principles for selection of INNs
View the document4. Protection of INNs
Close this folder5. How to apply for an INN
View the document5.1 Procedure for selection of INNs
View the document5.2 INN request form
View the document6. References for supporting material
View the documentAnnex 1: Background information on the INN programme
View the documentAnnex 2: General principles for guidance in devising international nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 3: List of common stems used in the selection of INNs
View the documentAnnex 4: Specific groups of biological compounds
View the documentAnnex 5: WHA46.19 - Nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 6: Procedure for the selection of international nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 7: Applications for INNs through national authorities (addresses)
View the documentAnnex 8: INN request form
 

5.1 Procedure for selection of INNs

The selection of INNs is based on the Procedure for selection of international nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances. The text adopted is set out in World Health Assembly resolution WHA3.11 [Text adopted by the Executive Board of WHO in resolution EB15.R7 (Off. Rec. Wld Health Org., 1955, 60, 3) and amended by the Board in resolution EB43.R9 (Off. Rec. Wld Hlth Org., 1969, 173, 10).]. The application/request form for INN is attached as Annex 6 in its updated version.

In countries with national nomenclature commissions, applications for international nonproprietary names should be made through the national authorities (addresses - see Annex 7). In countries without a national nomenclature commission, requests for INNs may be forwarded directly to WHO. Applications for INNs should be addressed to:

Secretary of the INN Programme
Quality Assurance - INNs
Drug Management and Policies
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Internet: koppkubels@who.ch
Fax: +41 22 791 07 46
Tel.: +41 22 791 36 36/36 60

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