The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) is a leading organisation that protects public health by developing and monitoring the application of quality standards for safe medicines and their safe use. These standards are recognised as a scientific benchmark world-wide.
The EDQM offers chemical reference substances (CRS) and biological reference preparations (BRP) as well as reference spectra for the tests and assays to be carried out in accordance with the official methods prescribed in the European Pharmacopoeia. These are characterised at the EDQM laboratory according to the principles described in Chapter 5.12. (Reference Standards) of the European Pharmacopoeia and ‘ISO 17034 General requirements for the competence of reference material producers'.