Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) is published by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) on behalf of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in fulfillment of the requirements of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 thereunder. IP is recognized as the official book of standards for the drugs being manufactured and/or marketed in India. IP contains a collection of authoritative procedures of analysis and specifications of drugs for their identity, purity and strength. The standards of the IP are authoritative in nature and are enforced by the regulatory authorities for ensuring the quality of drugs in India. During quality assurance and at the time of dispute in the court of law the IP standards are legally acceptable.
History of IP
The history of the IP began in the year 1833 when a committee of the East Indian Company’s Dispensary recommended the publication of a Pharmacopoeia and Bengal Pharmacopoeia and General Conspectus of Medicinal Plants was published in 1844, which mainly listed most of the commonly used indigenous remedies. This was followed by IP 1868, which covered both the drugs of British Pharmacopoeia (BP) 1867 and indigenous drugs used in India, with a supplement published in 1869 incorporating the vernacular names of indigenous drugs and plants. However, from 1885 the BP was made official in India. A drug Enquiry Committee appointed in 1927 by the government recommended the publication of a National Pharmacopoeia.
After independence, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Committee was constituted in 1948, for publication of IP as its main function. The Indian Pharmacopoeia editions are as follows:
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 1955 - First edition, followed by supplement in 1960;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 1966 - Second edition, followed by supplement in 1975;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 1985 - Third edition, followed by its addendum in 1989 and 1991;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 1996 - Fourth edition, followed by its addendum 2000, supplement 2000 for Veterinary Products, addendum 2002 and addendum 2005;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 2007 - Fifth edition, followed by addendum 2008;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 2010 - Six edition with DVD followed by its addendum 2012;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 2014 – Seventh edition with DVD followed by its addendum 2015 and addendum 2016;
- Indian Pharmacopoeia 2018 with DVD - Eighth edition
Procurement of Indian Pharmacopoeia 8th Edition
- IPC Secretariat
The IP 2018 (in four volumes) alongwith DVD can be procured from the office of the Secretary-cum-Scientific Director, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Sector 23, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad 201 002 (UP) by paying through Demand Draft @ Rs 52,500 (Rs 50,000 + 5% GST) (Rupees Fifty two thousand five hundred only) issued in favour of "Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission" payable at Ghaziabad.
- Other Distribution Centres
- M/s Educational Book Centre
305, Gala Complex, DeenDayalUpadhyay Road,
Mulund (W), Mumbai-400080.
Phone: + 91-22-2560 3324 Fax: 91-22- 2568534
- M/s Educational Book Agency (India),
5-D, Kamla Nagar,
New Delhi-110 007
Phone: 23844216, 41530228
Fax: 011-23842077, Mobile: 9811672690
- M/s Pharma Book Syndicate,
4-3-375, AnsuyaBhawan Opp. lane to Central Bank,
Bank Street, Hyderabad-500095.
Phone: 23445666, 23445622, 23445644,
Fax: 040- 23445611
Process for IP Monograph Development
IPC works in close coordination with all the stakeholders of IP for the development of monographs. Public reviews and commentsare given special attentionwhile the development of IP standards. The principle of “openness, justice and fairness” is kept in mind during compiling and editing the contents of the Indian Pharmacopoeia. The methodology adopted is appended below:
IPC has developed ‘Monograph Submission Checklist’ which is required from the donor of the monograph.