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USP Convention and Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission sign Memorandum of Understanding
Date:3/6/2008

Rockville, Md., March 6, 2008 The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission (ChP) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the purpose of working together to strengthen the quality of medicines and foods in the United States and China.

Roger L. Williams, M.D., USP executive vice president and CEO, and Wu Zhen, secretary-general of ChP and deputy commissioner of Chinas State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), signed the MOU at USPs Headquarters in Rockville, Md. A Chinese delegation of representatives from the ChP and the SFDA joined Mr. Wu in visiting USP.

USP is pleased to partner with the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission on this Memorandum of Understanding, said Dr. Williams. This agreement represents our combined commitment to improving patient care and advancing the public health in the United States and China through rigorous quality standards for medicines. The agreement is a renewal of a prior agreement that had been in place for several years.

The Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission looks forward to a long-term relationship with USP in which we exchange our scientific expertise and work together on a variety of activities that will benefit all consumers of medicine in our respective countries, added Mr. Wu.

Potential areas of collaboration identified in the MOU include:

  • Standards In order to strengthen documentary and physical standards which assure the quality of medicines, foods and other health care products USP and ChP will develop processes to update existing monograph standards and acquire new monographs.
  • Third-Party Certification (Verification) To advance the availability of good quality pharmaceutical ingredients used to produce medicines in China and the United States for export, USP and ChP will explore ways to develop approaches to allow review, testing and audits of manufacturers of ingredients imported into China and thos
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Contact: Sandra Kim
sek@usp.org
301-816-8241
US Pharmacopeia
Source:Eurekalert

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