70 Years of WHO Standards on Medicines Quality Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations, 1947-2017: Addressing Changing Public Health Challenges. (WHO Drug Information Vol. 31, No. 1, 2017)
(2017; 12 pages)


The Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations advises the WHO Director-General and Member States on matters of medicines quality assurance. When it started its work in 1947 it focused on maintaining The International Pharmacopoeia. Its scope of work broadened and deepened over the years, reflecting the emergence of new approaches to quality management in pharmaceutical production and regulation. This article highlights the Committee’s main areas of work. A list of current guidelines and work in progress is provided in the Appendix.

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