The British Pharmacopoeia 2008 is due to become effective on 1 January 2008

The British Pharmacopoeia 2008 is due to become effective on 1 January 2008. The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) 2008 is the authoritative collection of standards for UK medicinal substances and the official source of UK pharmaceutical quality standards.

Published by The Stationery Office (TSO) on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the BP contains approximately 3,100 monographs and provides legally enforceable standards to which all medicinal products supplied to or sold into the UK must meet in order to protect public health. These standards are also used in over 100 countries worldwide.

Legally in force from 1 January 2008, all medicinal and pharmaceutical manufacturers need to purchase their copy of the BP immediately to ensure they have the appropriate systems and checks in place before the standards become legal requirements.

In addition to increasing the number of national standards, the BP 2008 supports regulatory work for herbal and complementary medicines.

New monographs for traditional herbal medicinal products are added in this new edition. Standards for widely used unlicensed formulations have also been introduced along with further guidance on the preparation of these products.

The BP 2008 also includes, for the first time, colour change intervals for common indicators which are printed in colour. All European Pharmacopoeia material up to and including Supplement 5.8 is integrated into the text of the BP 2008.

Always keen to stay up-to-date with the latest technological innovations, BP 2008 has, for the first time, been released as an eBook and is the first pharmacopoeia worldwide to do so. The eBook format makes the full text of the publication available for those who need to reference the BP whilst on the move or when they are unable to access their hard copy immediately.

Able to be downloaded to most handset devices, the eBook contains the full contents of the BP (including diagrams and charts); it is fully updated reflecting the latest developments in UK standards for medicine, and it also grants the user access to the BP eBook platform from any desktop where they can download the content they need as eb20 files, in a PDF-style display.

The BP 2008 eBook is exclusively available to those customers who have already purchased the hard copy of the British Pharmacopoeia.

'The British Pharmacopoeia is now available as an eBook and is the first internationally recognised pharmacopoeia to be reproduced in full as an eBook. This innovative version retains identical content to the printed version whilst offering complete portability. The eBook is an excellent choice of format for such a large reference work. It offers a wealth of useful features including extensive hyperlinking, autoscrolling, highlighting, book marking and zoom facilities on over 6,000 images, making the vital information contained within it even more accessible to those who require it.' Secretary and Scientific Director British Pharmacopoeia Commission

'The British Pharmacopoeia is an iconic British publication and we're proud that TSO has chosen eb20 Technical Services to provide the platform for BP's worldwide digital distribution.' Suzanne Cole, Director of Technical Services at eBooks Corporation

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