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The British Pharmacopoeia 2015 supersedes the British Pharmacopoeia 2015. It has been prepared by the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, with the collaboration and support of its Expert Advisory Groups, Panels of Experts and Working Parties and contains approximately 4000 monographs for substances, preparations and articles used in the practice of medicine. Some of these monographs are of national origin and have been elaborated or revised under the auspices of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission whilst others (indicated to users by a chaplet of stars) have been elaborated, or revised, under the auspices of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission, supported by its Groups of Experts and Working Parties, and are reproduced from the European Pharmacopoeia. This edition, together with its companion volume, the British Pharmacopoeia (Veterinary) 2015, incorporates all the monographs of the 9th Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia, as amended by Supplements 9.1 to 9.5. Users of the British Pharmacopoeia thereby benefit by finding within this comprehensively indexed compendium all current United Kingdom pharmacopoeial standards for medicines for human use.

British Pharmacopoeia 2015


The British Pharmacopoeia Commission has caused this British Pharmacopoeia 2015 to be prepared under regulation 3 17(1) af the Human Medicines Regulations 2015 and) in accordance with regulation 3 17 (4), the Ministers have arranged for it to be published. It has been notified in draft ro the European Commission in accordance with Directive 98/341EEC. The monographs of the Ninth Edition of the European Pharmacopoeia (2015), as amended by Supplements 9.1 to 9.5, published by the Council of Europe are reproduced either in this edition of the British Pharmacopoeia or in the associated edition of the British Pharmacopoeia (Veterinary).

Work is continuing on the development of monographs for herbs used in traditional herbal medicines and homoeopathic medicines. The Latin scientific names cited in BP monographs for herbal drugs are consistent with the advice provided by the Medicinal Plant Names Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As stated in previous editions, the requirements for the q11aliry of the material are provided in the monograph to set the standards for Traditional Herbal Medicines in the UK and to assist the UK Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme. The British Pharmacopoeia Commission, however, has not assessed the safety and efficacy of the materials in traditional use.

A significant number ( 14 comprising 87 technical revisions and 54 editorial revisions) of national monograph have been amended by means of this edition. or these monographs, those with 111J1jor technical missions arc lis1ed al 1be end of this Introduction. For the benefit of the reader Ibis list Indicates the section, or sections, of each monograph which has been

The list of revisions appended 10 this Introduction is at comprehensive as practicable. However, to ensure that the reader uses the current standard it is essential to refer to full text of each individual monograph.


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