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European Coalition on Homeopathic & Anthroposophic Medicinal Products


Fourth edition online: Anthroposophic Pharmaceutical Codex

Jul 13, 2017

The fourth edition of the Anthroposophic Pharmaceutical Codex (APC) is now available online to download free of charge. Published by the International Association of Anthroposophic Pharmacists (IAAP), it gives an overview of substances and methods used in the manufacture of anthroposophic medicinal products and of the related quality parameters. It is hoped the new publication will help users to document quality standards for anthroposophic medicinal products and continue to give quality standards for those substances and preparations which are not described in an official pharmacopoeia.

The APC, last published in 2014, has been reviewed and updated by an anthroposophic pharmaceutical committee reporting to the IAAP board. This fourth edition will not be available in hard copy, which has made it possible to add additional information by giving useful links.

The main changes included in the new version of APC are:  

  • Several manufacturing procedures have been adjusted to the wording and the requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph.Eur.) 9.2, especially because many methods have been adopted by the Ph.Eur.
  • A new appendix (2.7) has been added to describe the production of some stocks by specific methods.
  • The lists of starting materials used have been updated and widened to include for each substance the manufacturing methods in use, all relevant monographs of Commission C and the name of the monograph of the relevant pharmacopoeia.
  • Several new substances missing from the 3rd edition have been added.
  • The literature references, which demonstrate that the substance is generally known and used in anthroposophic pharmacy/medicine, have been extended.

The Introductory Note of the new edition includes a detailed list of all the main changes, which are furthermore indicated throughout by a black line at the side of the text.

Future plans include a further improved search function allowing better search for specific substances and the extension of the reference section for the therapeutic tradition and evidence for an established use for a certain period of time.

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