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Publication of European Pharmacopoeia updates to BP in 2014
It is important to us that we deliver the best possible British Pharmacopoeia online service and we strive continually to improve online functionality and data quality.
As part of our ongoing data refinement and enhancement process, we have also revised our method for updating British Pharmacopoeia with European Pharmacopoeia content. In due course, this will increase the speed of publication of EP updates to BP online as subsequent EP supplements are published.
On this occasion however delays in the development of the new process for EP 8.0 mean that it has taken us longer than anticipated to publish the content online and thus our publication date of January 2014 will now be April 1.
Despite this delay we are pleased to be able to confirm that Supplement 8.1 will publish simultaneously with supplement 8.0 on April 1. We are also able to confirm that update 8.2 will publish to schedule on July 1.
We apologise for the disruption to your service during this time and ask for your patience as we complete the data enhancement process. It is important that data quality is of the highest standard, but we do appreciate that in the meantime your supply of updated content has been delayed.
Why has this year’s process taken longer than in previous years?
The process by which EP material is incorporated into the BP has changed. Where this once relied on manual intervention, publisher TSO has automated the process in order to convert directly the electronic files supplied by the publisher of the EP, EDQM.
How will TSO ensure that this does not happen again for future EP in-year updates to the BP?
TSO now have a robust process in place to convert the conversion of the EP XML data files. This will permit material to be processed more quickly and efficiently, guaranteeing that future EP updates will be published online within BP in a timely fashion.
How can I access the EP data in the meantime?
If you require a hard copy of EP or have any queries relating to the publication of the EP supplements, please call TSO Customer Services on +44 (0) 1603 696701.