The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances. Produced by the British Pharmacopoeia Commission Secretariat of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the BP makes an important contribution to public health by setting publicly available standards for the quality of medicines.
Since 1864, the BP has been providing authoritative standards for medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances and it continues to play an important role in the standard-setting process worldwide. Now used in over 100 countries, the BP remains an essential reference for all individuals and organisations working within pharmaceutical research and development, manufacture and testing around.
Albert Einstein's advice to 'learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow' is very apt as the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2014. By keeping abreast of the times and adopting modern technology, the publication has maintained its prestigious standing since 1864.
The BP 2015 includes new and revised monographs for substances and products used in a wide range of medicines. This has been made possible through the collaborative partnerships between the staff and the appointed experts of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and co-operation with international partners.
The merger of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in 2013 provided new opportunities to improve the quality control of biological substances. This area within the BP publication will expand in future years. The merger has also provided a stimulus for NIBSC to adapt and diversify its activities, for example, it now supports the BP in topics such as herbal medicines.
Looking to the future, the BP standards will continue to contribute positively to the protection of the nation's health through the application of the collective scientific expertise within the new expanded Agency.
The BP 2015 comprises six volumes as follows.
Volumes I and II
Formulated Preparations: General Monographs Formulated Preparations: Specific Monographs
Herbal Drugs, Herbal Drug Preparations and Herbal Medicinal Products Materials for use in the Manufacture of Homoeopathic Preparations Blood-related Products Immunological Products Radiopharmaceutical Preparations Surgical Materials
Infrared Reference Spectra Appendices Supplementary Chapters Index
British Pharmacopoeia (Veterinary) 2015