Medicines

Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations (ECSPP)

The WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations (ECSPP) was established in the very first World Health Assembly in 1948 to provide advice to WHO and its Member States.

The development of norms, standards and guidelines to promote quality assurance and quality control is an integral part of WHO’s Constitution and a unique responsibility. It has been endorsed and supported through numerous World Health Assembly resolutions.

A large number of guidelines relating to medicine quality assurance has been prepared in consultation with the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on The International Pharmacopoeia and Pharmaceutical Preparations, with specialists from industry, national institutions, NGOs, etc, usually by a vast consultative procedure. The draft guidelines are evaluated during the WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations and if found suitable adopted as international standards. This Committee meets every year and each report (WHO Technical Report Series) includes all adopted guidelines in the form of Annexes.

About the Expert Committee

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WHO Technical Report Series

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48th Expert Committee

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Geneva, 14-18 October 2013