Essential medicines and health products

Quality control

The term quality control refers to the sum of all procedures undertaken to ensure the identity and purity of a particular pharmaceutical. Such procedures may range from the performance of simple chemical experiments which determine the identity and screening for the presence of particular pharmaceutical substance (thin layer chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, etc.), to more complicated requirements of pharmacopoeial monographs. Activities extend to the area of quality control laboratories (good laboratory management practices, models, e.g. for certificate of analysis and lists of laboratory equipment, and an external assessment scheme.

Screening tests


International Pharmacopoeia and International Reference Standards

Monographs for International Pharmacopoeia

Analysis of Samples

Laboratory Guidelines

Plant materials