These collections are official, legal and mandatory documents for all pharmacies in a country. More specifically, these works contain the description of the drugs, the common use in medicine, the formula, the analytical composition, the physical constants, the main chemical properties and the formula or method of preparation.
Although many countries have their own pharmacopoeia for internal management of drug operations, some international organizations have developed guidelines or comprehensive books for use by the various member countries of their organization. One example is the World Health Organization (WHO), which has developed the International Pharmacopoeia.
In addition to the pharmacopoeia written by the World Health Organization, there are three major pharmacopoeia that are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.
- The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP)
- The European Pharmacopoeia (EP)
- The Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP)
The similarities between these books are very common and frequent. In general, the main lines are very similar, but there are small differences here and there.
What is the link between the pharmacopoeia and water treatment?
Regardless of the pharmacopoeia used, the link with water treatment refers to the accreditation of the systems. Indeed, water production in a pharmaceutical environment presents particular challenges since systems must be approved and perform extremely well.
It is obvious why a poorly optimized water treatment system could promote bacterial contamination or recontamination of the water and could have a significant impact on human health and safety.
In short, water treatment in the pharmaceutical sector is a very vast and complex subject. To increase your knowledge on this subject, here are some relevant articles:
- Quality standards and contamination: the challenge of pharmaceutical water
- Pharmaceutical disinfection: chemical VS. thermal VS. ozone
- Preventing bacterial contamination of pharmaceutical water
- How much to budget for a purified water system