The British Pharmacopoeia and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 24 September 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak the BP is committed to keeping our users updated and supporting the wider healthcare response. We will be making regular updates to this page.

Products and services

All our products and services are currently available, including the BP publications and the BPCRS. Whilst our staff based in central London are now working remotely, our laboratories remain open.

Shipment of BPCRS products are currently not significantly impacted. We are prioritising work to ensure that our website and processing orders of the BPCRS can continue uninterrupted.

Free access to supportive pharmacopoeial texts 

The BP and the European Pharmacopoeia have worked together to make supportive pharmacopoeial texts (monographs, general chapters, appendices and supplementary chapters) available for a limited period of time at no cost to users. This is to support those developing, manufacturing or testing these substances and products during this challenging period. These texts will be kept under review and updated and withdrawn as required. 

  • The BP supportive pharmacopoeial texts includes content drawn from the BP 2020, incorporating European Pharmacopoeia texts. Please register to download the BP supportive pharmacopoeial texts. If you have already registered, click here to download the BP supportive pharmacopoeial texts.
  • Find out how to use the BP.
  • The European Pharmacopoeia supportive  pharmacopoeial texts includes content drawn from the 10th Edition, including supplement 10.1. Access the European Pharmacopoeia supportive pharmacopoeial texts

International Collaboration

The BP works with pharmacopoeias globally through the World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Meeting of World Pharmacopoeias (IMWP). Following the initiation of a global pharmacopoeial alert, pharmacopoeias have worked together to support the public health response. This has included identifying existing pharmacopoeial monographs for medicinal substances and products under investigation for the treatment of COVID-19. The WHO update and list of standards can be found on the IMWP website.

Meetings and advisory groups

All our meetings, including the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, Expert Advisory Groups, Expert Panels and Working Parties are now being held remotely. If you are involved in our work, you will be contacted by the BP Secretariat directly with further instructions.

Important changes to ordering BPCRS

Customers who are ordering any BPCRS which are classified as controlled drugs or precursor chemicals need to:

  • Scan your import permit and email it, along with your website order reference, to bpcrs@mhra.gov.uk
  • Send the original to the below address

Operations Manager

The MHRA Laboratories

Health Science and Innovation

LGC

Queens Road

Teddington

Middlesex

TW11 0LY

UK


This will help us to minimise delays in processing your order.

We want to make sure that existing BPCRS customers with an active account on pharmacopoeia.com can order the products they need. As such, we have put the following changes in place to ensure the quick, reliable and fair supply of the chemical reference standards listed in the tables below.

  • A limit of 5 or less vials per customer, per order for the products listed below.
  • The time allowed between maximum (repeated) orders is 30 days (e.g. 5 or 2 vials in a 30-day period).
  • Distributors will be asked to demonstrate that orders exceeding the maximum amount are on behalf of individual customers.
  • The list below is subject to change.

We appreciate your continued cooperation during this period and should you need to contact us further about these changes please email bpcrs@mhra.gov.uk.  

The chemical reference substances listed below have been restricted to 5 vials per customer to ensure supply of these standards. The list below is subject to change.

Catalogue Number Name               Update
79 2-CHLOROTRITANOL 26/08/2020
90 CODEINE PHOSPHATE  
198 HYOSCINE BUTYLBROMIDE 02/09/2020
284 PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE 24/06/2020
302 SALBUTAMOL SULFATE  
431 DIHYDROCODEINE TARTRATE  
547 FUROSEMIDE 02/09/2020
576 HYDROCORTISONE  
578 DEXAMETHASONE 17/06/2020
666 FENTANYL IMPURITY A  
717 PSEUDOMORPHINE TRIHYDRATE 30/07/2020
730 N-DESALKYLFLURAZEPAM  
765 OMEPRAZOLE  
806 ONDANSETRON IMPURITY STANDARD  
852 SALBUTAMOL IMPURITY B  

 

The chemical reference substances listed below have been restricted to 2 vials per customer to ensure supply of this standard. The list below is subject to change.

Catalogue Number                      Name Update
63 CEFRADINE 13/08/2020
226 METARAMINOL TARTRATE  
310 SULFADOXINE 01/07/2020
376

6-CHLORO-4-(2-CHLOROPHENYL)

-QUINAZOLINE-2-CARBOXALDEHYDE

 
407 HALOPERIDOL 14/08/2020
712 SALBULTAMOL ALDEHYDE IMPURITY  

 

The chemical reference substances listed below have been restricted to 1 vial per customer to ensure supply of this standard. The list below is subject to change.

Catalogue Number                 Name       Update
19 AMOXICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 14/09/2020
461 ASCORBIC ACID 24/06/2020
479 BUPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 15/06/2020
575 BETAMETHASONE  
665 FENTANYL CITRATE 26/08/2020
788 ERGOCALCIFEROL  
880 IBUPROFEN IMPURITY B 17/09/2020
1032 PROPOFOL IMPURITY J 24/06/2020

The chemical reference substances listed below have been removed from the list and no longer on the restricted list.

Catalogue Number                 Name       Update
41 BETAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE 30/07/2020
61 CEFALEXIN 02/09/2020
89 CLOXACILLIN SODIUM 11/09/2020
532 AMIODARONE HYDROCHLORIDE 02/09/2020
627 3-FORMYLRIFAMYCIN SV 06/08/2020
698 PROPOFOL DIMER 06/08/2020
1031 PROPOFOL 26/08/2020
1058 BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 24/06/2020
1164 ASPIRIN IMPURITY STANDARD 02/09/2020


Supporting the response to COVID-19

The British Pharmacopoeia, as part of the MHRA, is working closely with DHSC and other healthcare partners on COVID-19. As we develop our role in the response, we will provide updates to our users.

Contact

If you have any queries related to our work and COVID-19 please contact us by email: bpcom@mhra.gov.uk.

Guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on COVID-19: