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Medical Abbreviations

Drugs that possess similar chemical structures or similar therapeutic effects are grouped into classes. Most drugs within a class produce similar benefits, side effects, adverse reactions and interactions with other drugs and substances.

AAAS American Association of Advancement of Science
AALAS American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
AIOPI Association of Information Officers of the Pharmaceutical Industry
ALF American Liberation Front
ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application
AP Applicant’s Part
ASMF Active Substance Master File
BACPAC Bulk Active Chemicals Post approval Changes
BEA Breeding for Experimental Animals
BINAS Biosafety Information Network and Advisory Service
BMA British Medical Association
BMJ British Medical Journal
BPC Bulk Pharmaceutical Chemicals
BPI British Pharmaceutical Index
BrAPP British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians
BUAV British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
CADD Computer Aided Drug Design
CDC Centre for Disease Control
CEP Certificate of Suitability to the monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia
cGMP Current good Manufacturing Practice
CHMP The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use
CIOMS Council for International Organisations of Medical Sciences
CMS Concerned Member State
CP Closed Part
CPCSEA Committee for Purpose of Control & Supervision of Experimental Animals
CPI Consumer Price Index
CPMP Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products
CRA Clinical Research Associate
CRC Clinical Research Council
CRF Case Report Form
CRN Clinical Research Network
CRO Contract Research Organisation
CSM Committee on Safety of Medicines
CTA Clinical Trial Authorisation (formerly the CTX, CTC, DDX)
CTC Clinical Trial Certificate (Now CTA)
CTD Common Technical Document for the registration of pharmaceuticals for human use.
CTX Clinical Trial Exemption (Now CTA)
CVMP Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use
DMF Drug Master File
DRA Drug Regulatory Affairs
DUMP Disposal of Unwanted Medicines and Poisons
EFPIA European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries & Associations
EMEA European Medicine Agency
FDA Food & Drug Administration
FIP International Pharmaceutical Federations
GCP Good Clinical Practices
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
GMP Good Manufacturing Practices
Gxp Generic term for good practice requirements in the Pharmaceutical industry
HIS Indian Health Services
HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography
HRSA Health Resources & Service Administration
IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IAES Institutional Animal Ethics Committee
ICDRA International Conference for Drug Regulatory Authorities
ICH The International Conference on Harmonisation of technical requirements for registration of Pharmaceuticals for human use.
IIG Inactive Ingredient Guide
IMP Investigational Medicinal Products IMP - Investigational Medicinal Products
IMPD Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier
IND Investigational New Drug Application
INDA Investigational New Drug Application
INN International non-proprietary names (for pharmaceutical substances)
INTDIS International Drug Information System - the previous WHO adverse reactions database
IPC Indian Pharmaceutical Congress
IPGA Indian Pharmacy Graduate Association
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISoP International Society of Pharmacovigilance
ISPE International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
MAA Marketing Authorisation Application
MedDRA Medical Dictionary for Drug Regulatory Affairs
NAFDAC National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Nigeria
NCE New Chemical Entity
NCPA National Community of Pharmacist Association
NCPO National Conference of Pharmaceutical Organisations
NDA New Drug Application
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NME New Molecule Entity
NSAID Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
OP Open Part
OTC Over-The-Counter
PDS Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (journal)
PEM Prescription Event Monitoring
PHRMA Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association
PIL Package Insert Leaflet
PL Packaging Leaflet
PMDA Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, Japan
PMS Post-Marketing Surveillance
POM Prescription Only Medicine
PSM Procurement and Supply Management
PSUR Periodic Safety Update Report
QA Quality Assurance
QSM-WHO Quality Assurance and Safety of Medicines (WHO)
R&D Research and Development
RAPS Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
RCT Randomised Clinical Trials
RDE Remote Data Entry
RDS Research Defence Society
REC Research Ethics Committee
RGN Registered General Nurse
RMS Reference Member State
RP Restricted Part
RPSGB Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
RSM Royal Society of Medicine
Rx Prescription (YOU TAKE)
SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
SCDM Society for Clinical Data Management
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIGAR Special Interest Group on Adverse Reactions
SmPC Summary of Product Characteristics
SUPAC Scale-up and post approval changes
TGA Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia
TMF Trial Master File
TUFAM General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy, Turkey
UDV Unit Dose Vial
UKECA United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority
USP United States Pharmacopoeia
WIPO World Intellectual Patent Office

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