USP Joins Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission for Annual Science Meeting

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USP and ChP jointly host two-day meeting to strengthen cooperation.

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission (ChP) jointly hosted the ChP & USP Science Symposium and 2014 ChP Science Annual Meeting on Nov. 13 and 14, 2014, in Chengdu, China. The theme of the meeting was “Strengthening cooperation, Harmonizing standards, Promoting mutual recognition" and focused on international coordination and mutual recognition of pharmaceutical standards in chemical medicine, biologics, traditional Chinese medicine, pharmaceutical excipients, packaging materials, and other related fields.  

The two-day forum featured leaders and experts from pharmacopoeias and regulatory authorities in the United States, China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, and other countries. The symposium also included more than 400 representatives from China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and China’s National Food and Drug Inspection System, along with scientific research institutes and drug manufacturers.  An industry roundtable session included representatives from industry associations and multinational and Chinese pharmaceutical companies. As part of the open discussion, according to a press release, “ChP and USP encouraged participants to engage with pharmacopoeias to explore ways of promoting international cooperation and harmonization, and mutual and multilateral recognition.  USP and ChP also engaged in bilateral discussion about future opportunities to work together.”