The Government was pleased to extend the term of the re-constituted Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee by another three years with effect from 22nd December, 1976 by their letter No. X-19018/21/16 (Homoeo) dated 30th November 1976. The functions of the committee were further enlarged to prepare standards for the preparation of Nosodes for the inclusion in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. In addition, it undertook the preparation of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Codex in order to give detailed information on drugs and other pharmaceutical substances which are not properly proved and also to provide standards for the range of substances and materials that are not included in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India as well as to supplement the information on drugs already included but which cannot be listed in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. This reconstituted committee held four meetings so far. After these deliberations the committee finalised the 3rd Volume of the H.P.I. which consist of:-
1. General Notices.
4. Monographs (105)
The third volume of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia is presented herewith to the Government of India.
The Government of India constituted the Homepathic Pharmacopoeia Committee in 1962 for the purpose of preparing the Homoeopathi Pharmacopoiea of India with a view to provide standards for the commonly used homoeopathic medicines. This committee did the preliminary work in preparing a comprehensive list of possible homoeopathic medicines and drafted the general notices and general instructions for the Pharmacopoeia. It also prepared 180 monographs comprising the first volume which has been published.
The Government of India in their letter No.F.I-3/HPC, dated 22nd December, 1971, reconstituted the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee, which had prepared one hundred monographs for the II Volume of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India and the same since been published.
The Government of India further extended the term of this reconstituted Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee vide their latter No. 19018/21/76 (Homoeo) dated 30-11-1976.
The first and second volume of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India prescribing official standards for 180 and 100 drugs respectively were finalised and have since been published in 1970 and 1974. The 3rd volume covers one hundred and five Homoeopathic drugs. The Committee considered that it is necessary to make certain amendments in the general notices and general instructions contained in the first volume and second volume. These amendments are given under general notices of this volume. These are applicable to the contents of the first and second volume also. The formal revision of the text of the later will be made in the revised edition.
The material included in this volume has been freely drawn upon from the British Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, American Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States, the German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia and the Indian Pharmacopoeia. Wherever needed, the material has been verified and confirmed by laboratory tests undertaken in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory.
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