Project Details Glossary of terms used in process chemistry/manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and pharmaceutics

Project No.: 
Start Date: 
01 July 2002
End Date: 
31 December 2013


To compile a list of terms with their definitions used in “Process Chemistry/Manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients” and “Pharmaceutics”; to disseminate the list to the scientific community and to solicit uniform adoption of terms in leading scientific journals and in scientific parlance of professionals in this field.


About 850 terms directly related to each of the fields of “Process Chemistry/Manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients” and “Pharmaceutics”; will be compiled and defined by this expert group for dissemination to the scientific community. This will help achieve a common definition base across the various publications in this field. In addition, a more uniform use of these terms should assist in the future construction of glossaries pertaining to this continually evolving field’s information.


A draft with 190 terms is nearly completed and has been circulated for review. The glossary will be incorporated in the Compendium of terms associated with drug discovery and development (project 2002-001-1-700)

December 2007 – A draft is submitted to public review comments until 30 April 2008
– provisional recommendations /provisional/abstract07/breuer_300408.html

> May 2009 – First part completed – IUPAC Recommendations titled ‘Glossary of Terms Related to Pharmaceutics’ is published in Pure Appl. Chem., 2009, Vol. 81, No. 5, pp. 971-999.

A second part -Glossary of Terms in Pharmaceutical Process Chemistry- will follow.

Project completed – page last updated: 17 Feb 2014