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:
USP and ChP have maintained a strong working relationship since 1990, when USP staff first visited ChP. Since then, the organizations have co-sponsored two scientific meetings and signed an initial MOU in 2005, which laid the foundation for further cooperation.
USP sets federally recognized standards for the quality, purity and strength of prescription and over-the-counter medications sold in the United States, as well as widely recognized standards for dietary supplements and food ingredients. ChP holds legal responsibility in China for creating and revising national medicine standards, including traditional Chinese medicines (TCM). Some TCM products may be considered both drugs in the United States and dietary supplements.
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