Essential medicines and health products

WHO Expert Committee on specifications for pharmaceutical preparations (Fiftieth report)

WHO technical report series; no. 996

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 374
Publication date: May 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 069548 1


WHO’s standard-setting work today is more important than ever, and is conducted under strengthened rules for selection of experts and for declarations of interests. The Expert Committee system is the backbone of WHO’s normative function. The technical guidance is provided online and is widely used. The website, with the 75 medicines quality assurance-related guidelines adopted through the Committee and the online version of The International Pharmacopoeia, is at the top of the Organization’s list for web queries.

This report contains the views of an international group of experts, and does not necessarily represent the decisions or the stated policy of the World Health Organization

The names of Dr Paul Newton, Dr Patricia Tabernero, Dr Sue Lee and Dr Kasia Stepniewska were erroneously omitted as contributing key experts to the Guidelines on the conduct of surveys for the quality of medicines. Please accept our apologies for this omission.