China updates pharmacopoeia; India harmonizes

The 2010 edition of China's Pharmacopoeia is set to hit the streets October 1. Some 40 percent of the new edition encompasses "new types of drugs," according to a report.

The update is expected to improve the international competitiveness of drugs made in China, says a government official in the report. It includes "improvements" on 70 percent of existing medications. The new edition also targets drugmakers that have "advanced technology and quality control."

Separately, India's pharmacopoeia commission says it wants to harmonize chapters with global standards set by the Pharmacopoeial Discussion Group. The commission met recently with United States Pharmacopoeia representatives regarding plans to align the Indian pharmacopeia with those of the U.S., Europe and Japan.

- here's the China's pharmacopoeia article
- see this article on India's efforts