Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations (ECSPP)
Meetings and meeting reports
The ECSPP meets annually to discuss latest scientific and technical issues in the quality assurance area. A report is published as the outcome in the WHO Technical Report Series, which gives recommendations and provides independent international standards, guidelines and nomenclature in the area of quality assurance.
The report includes joint activities, specifically with the WHO Expert Committees on Biological Standardization, and on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines and its Subcommittee on Medicines for Children
Regarding implementation from a wider perspective, international guidelines, specifications and nomenclature developed under the aegis of this Committee serve all Member States, international organizations, United Nations agencies, regional and interregional harmonization efforts, and underpin important initiatives, including the prequalification of medicines, the Roll Back Malaria Programme, Stop TB, essential medicines and medicines for children. The advice and recommendations provided by this Expert Committee are intended to help national and regional authorities and procurement agencies, as well as major international bodies and institutions, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and international organizations such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - to combat circulation of substandard medicines and to work towards access to quality medicines.