The Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China (Chinese Pharmacopoeia, or ChP is China’s official collection of standards for medicinal product research, production, sale, use, supervision, and control. It is produced by the Pharmacopoeia Commission of the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ChP as China's official pharmacopoeia. All medicinal products must meet the ChP standards to receive marketing authorization in the country.

Every five (05) years, the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission updates the ChP. Up until now, eleven (11) versions have been published over the years. Here is a timeline of the ChP updates:

1953→1963→1977 →1985 →1990→1995 →2000→2005 →2010→2015→2020

The National Medical Product Administration (NMPA) and the National Health Commission (NHC) released the latest version of the ChP on July 02, 2020, and it has been effectively implemented since December 30, 2020.

The 2020 Issue is the eleventh one of the ChP. It contains 5,911 papers on traditional Chinese medicines, chemical drugs, biologics, and pharmaceutical excipients.

Table 1: Contents of the ChP 2020 Issue




Volume I

Traditional Chinese medicine monographs, including materials, cut crude drugs, vegetable oils and extracts, formulation preparations, and single-flavor preparations


Volume II

Chemical drug monographs, including active chemical substances


Volume III

Biologic product monographs


Volume IV

General chapters

General requirements for preparations


Testing methods and other requirements




Pharmaceutical excipient monographs



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