The British Pharmacopoeia 2013

The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances. Produced by the British Pharmacopoeia Commission Secretariat of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the BP makes an important contribution to public health by setting publicly available standards for the quality of medicines.

Since 1864, the BP has been providing authoritative standards for medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances and it continues to play an important role in the standard-setting process worldwide. Now used in over 100 countries, the BP remains an essential reference for all individuals and organisations working within pharmaceutical research and development, manufacture and testing around the globe.

Contents of the BP 2013

To find out more about the contents of the BP 2013, download the index of the BP 2013 (336KB) and the BP (Veterinary) 2013 (54kb) in PDF format.

Formats of the BP 2013

The BP package provides you with the essential information contained in the BP 2013 in a range of formats, enabling you to access it whenever you want and in the most convenient way possible.


A boxed edition comprising five volumes of the BP 2013 and a single volume of the BP (Veterinary) 2013.

Clearly laid-out sections make it easy to refer to the General Notices, test methods and Infrared Reference Spectra.


The BP 2013 CD-ROM enables you to install the complete text of the BP, together with its search and linking functionality, directly onto your laptop or desktop PC.

Online is an integral part of the BP package, enabling access to the full text of the BP. The BP 2013 Online includes three free in-year updates to harmonise with the European Pharmacopoeia.

The BP Online offers enhanced search features including an A-Z listing of monographs and articles, inclusion of ‘did you mean’ and other close matches, a personalised ‘My BP’ area, making searching for the information you use regularly easier and more efficient.

Your BP 2013 package will include:

  • Six-volume printed edition including the BP (Veterinary) 2013
  • Single-user licence to the CD-ROM
  • Single-user licence to the online edition
  • Free in-year updates in January, April and July to harmonise with the European Pharmacopoeia