Students of B. Pharmacy fourth and sixth semester along with faculty members visited Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) Ghaziabad on 22nd April, 2016. Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) is an Autonomous Institution of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. IPC is created to set standards of drugs in the country. Its basic function is to update regularly the standards of drugs commonly required for treatment of diseases prevailing in this region. It publishes official documents for improving Quality of Medicines by way of adding new and updating existing monographs in the form of Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP). IPC is performed in collaboration with members of the scientific body, subject experts as well as with representatives from Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), State Regularity authorities, specialist from industries, associations, councils and from the other scientific and academic institutions.
Dr P.L Sahu, Principal Scientific Officer, gave a presentation giving introduction about the IPC, Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP), National Formulary of India(NFI), Pharmacovigilance Programme of India(PvPI) . He discussed about the different programs of IPC. He also answered the various questions asked by the students.
Dr. K. K. Singh, Library & Information Officer, gave information regarding all the laboratories of the chemistry department and also about Pharmacovigilance department. He divided the students into 2 batches. All the students along with a team head from laboratories visited all the labs. They told students about the principle and working of each analytical instrument.
The centre is equipped with various analytical instruments for the testing of various drug samples all over India, including Inductive Couple Plasma (for heavy metals detection), C,H,N,S analyser detects presence of the respective compounds in sample, Particle Size Analyser (for particle size determination), Thermal Gravimetric, Differential Staining Calorimetry, Gas Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (for metal ions), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (for proton skeleton), Ion Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), FTIR (Forrier Transform Infrared), Liquid Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometer (LCMS), GC-HS (Gas Chromatography with head space), High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC), Karl Fischer Titration (for moisture determination), based om thee current facilities and congenial working scientific environment the IPC is ready to perform scientific analytical validation of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals as an Independent Body whose results are unbiased, without conflict of interest and accepted by National/International bodies. Thus the visit at IPC ended with great zeal.