British Pharmacopoeia 2009 by British Pharmacopoeia Commission

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Homoeopathic Medicines Homoeopathic medicines are classed as medicines under European Directive 2001/83/EC as amended. It is emphasised that, although requirements for the quality of the material are provided in the monograph to assist the simplified registration scheme by the UK Licensing Authority, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission has not assessed the safety or efficacy of the material in use. The statements under Crude Drugs; Traditional Herbal and Complementary Medicines are also applicable to homoeopathic stocks and mother tinctures.

The three-letter and one-letter symbols used for amino acids in peptide and protein sequences are those recommended by the Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the International Union of Biochemistry. In the graphic formulae the following abbreviations are used: Me –CH3 Bus– CH(CH3)CH2CH3 Et –CH2CH3 Bun– CH2CH2CH2CH3 Pri –CH(CH3)2 But– C(CH3)3 Prn –CH2CH2CH3 Ph– C 6H5 Bui –CH2CH(CH3)2 Ac– COCH3 Definition Statements given under the heading Definition constitute an official definition of the substance, preparation or other article that is the subject of the monograph.

In tests where the limit is not numerical, but usually depends upon comparison with the behaviour of a reference substance in the same conditions, the stated quantity is taken for examination. Reagents are used in the prescribed amounts. Quantities are weighed or measured with an accuracy commensurate with the indicated degree of precision. 255 g). 50 ml), the volume is measured using a pipette, a volumetric flask or a burette, as appropriate; otherwise, a graduated measuring cylinder or a graduated pipette may be used.

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