(2003; 148 pages)
The Committee was informed that The International Pharmacopoeia contained only general methods for the analysis of radiopharmaceuticals; there were no individual monographs for such products, mainly because they were not on the WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. The Committee discussed a proposal to either retain or delete the general methods for the analysis of radiopharmaceuticals, and/or to prepare specific monographs for them. The Committee recommended that the general methods of analysis should be deleted from The International Pharmacopoeia and that a separate publication on radiopharmaceuticals (independent of The International Pharmacopoeia) should be prepared in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It was also agreed that, at a future meeting of the Committee, it should be decided whether these newly developed monographs for radiopharmaceuticals should be kept separate from, or again included in, The International Pharmacopoeia.