Groups of experts and working parties under the EDQM

Updated 17 February 2021

There are 21 groups of experts and 40 working parties whose members consist of various national independent scientific experts and ad hoc specialists from national authorities (including official medicines control laboratories, licensing authorities and inspectors), the private sector (pharmaceutical or chemical industries), universities and other research institutions. In addition to the members, a secretary from EDQM and representatives from the EDQM’s laboratory also participate. The groups and parties work with the elaboration and revision of the texts and monographs for the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.).

The groups of experts cover the general scientific aspects relevant for controlling the quality of medicines and the raw materials used. Whereas the groups of experts are permanent, the working parties are appointed for a defined period to work in detail with specific aspects or subjects related to the areas covered by the groups of experts. The contributions from the many groups and working parties and the involvement of national experts are essential to the continued elaboration and revision of the Ph. Eur.

The 21 groups of experts and 40 working parties cover the following areas:

Group of Experts No 1: Microbiology
Group of Experts No 6: Biological and Biotechnological products
Group of Experts 6B: Human Plasma and Plasma Products
Group of Experts No 7: Antibiotics
Group of Experts No 9: Inorganic Chemistry
Group of Experts 9G: Medicinal Gases
Group of Experts 10A/B/C/D: Organic chemistry – synthetic and semi-synthetic products
Group of Experts No 11: Organic chemistry – natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic products
Group of Experts No 12: Dosage forms and pharmaceutical technical procedures
Group of Experts 13A/B: Herbal Drugs and Herbal Drug Preparations
Group of Experts 13H: Fatty oils and derivatives, polymers
Group of Experts No 14: Radiopharmaceutical Preparations
Group of Experts No 15: Human Vaccines and Sera
Group of Experts 15V: Veterinary Vaccines and Sera
Group of Experts No 16: Plastic materials, plastic containers and closures
Group of Experts No 17: Medicinal products containing chemically defined active subst.
Group of Experts P4: Single-source active substances, excipients and medicinal products with chemically defined active substances
ALG Working Party: Allergens
BET Working Party: Bacterial Endotoxin Test
BSR Working Party: Bovine serum
CE Working Party: Capillary Electrophoresis
CEL Working Party: Cellulose
CND Working Party: Conductivity
COL Working Party: Colour determination
CRB Working Party: Carbohydrates
CST Working Party: Chromatographic separation techniques
CTP Working Party: Cell Therapy Products
DIA Working Party: Dialysis
EXP Working Party: Excipient performance
EXT Working Party: Extracts
GEL Working Party: Gelatin
GLS Working Party: Glass Containers
GTP Working Party: Gene Therapy Products
HM Working Party: Heavy metals
HMM Working Party: Homoeopathic Manufacturing Methods
HOM Working Party: Homoeopathic Raw Materials and Stocks
ICP Working Party: Inductively-Coupled Plasma
INH Working Party: Inhalations
LEC Working Party: Lecithins
MAB Working Party: Monoclonal Antibodies
MG Working Party: General methods
MYC Working Party: Mycoplasma
NBC Working Party: Non-Biological Complex Drugs
P4BIO WP P4 Bio: P4 Bio
PA Working Party: Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
PaedF Working Party: European Paediatric Formulary
PAT Working Party: Process Analytical Technology
POW Working Party: Powder Characterisation
PRP Working Party: Precursors for Radiopharmaceutical Preparations
PST Working Party: Pesticide Residues
SDA Working Party: Spectroscopy and Data Analysis
SIT Working Party: Second identification test
ST Working Party: Standard Terms
SUT Working Party: Sutures
TCM Working Party: Traditional Chinese Medicines
VIT Working Party: Vitamins
WAT Working Party: Water

At the website of the EDQM – under Additional Information, you can read more about the individual groups of experts and working parties.

Recruitment of experts

The national members of the groups of experts and working parties are nominated by the respective national pharmacopoeia authorities and are subsequently approved and appointed by the European Pharmacopoeia Commission for a period of three years. The current period expires at the end of November 2022, and the meeting in the European Pharmacopoeia Commission will then appoint new members or reappoint members for the next period from November 2022 to November 2025.

Submission of member nominations

Proposals for the appointment of a member (experts and ad hoc specialists) to the various groups of experts and working parties can be submitted by email to the National Pharmacopoeia Authority of the Danish Medicines Agency on Send an email.

The proposal must be sent with:

  • A brief and targeted application
  • A CV highlighting the qualifications relevant for the group(s)/party(ies) applied for.
  • A filled in “Declaration of Interest” form
  • A filled in “Nomination as expert” form or Nomination as ad hoc specialist” form as relevant.
The forms can be requested from the National Pharmacopoeia Authority on Send an email


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