IPEC e-newsletter - Excipients Insight June 2018 - 19-06-18


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PDG holds first videoconference meeting

The Pharmacopoeial Discussion Group (PDG) has continued to change its procedures, and in April held its first videoconference to bring together representatives of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph.Eur.), Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP), the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and the WHO (International Pharmacopoeia) as an observer.

It follows a PDG decision to review its meeting formats to facilitate “exchanges between the experts in the regions in order to resolve issues on specific PDG topics.” Face-to-face meetings will still take place once a year, with one interim video conference. These meetings will focus on strategic direction setting.

The PDG also agreed to launch a pilot phase to try a prioritisation scheme for excipient monographs and general chapters. This trial phase concerns 10 excipient monographs and five general chapters; at the next PDG face-to-face meeting it will be decided whether or not to expand the prioritisation scheme to the other items on PDG work programme.

The next annual face-to-face PDG meeting will be hosted by Ph. Eur. on October 2-3, 2018, at the EDQM premises in Strasbourg, France, and of course the IPEC Federation will be there to observe and contribute to the proceedings.

What do you think should be on the agenda at PDG? Don't hesitate to let the IPEC Europe Secretariat know here.




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