The International Pharmacopoeia

The International Pharmacopoeia is an essential point of reference for anyone involved in the research, development or manufacture of medicines. The contents shall have legal status, whenever a national or regional authority expressly introduces it into appropriate legislation.

The pharmacopoeia consists of quality specifications for pharmaceutical substances and dosage forms together with supporting general methods of analysis. These features are intended to serve as source material for reference or adaptation by any World Health Organization (WHO) Member State wishing to establish pharmaceutical requirements.