Guideline on the sterilisation of the medicinal product,
active substance, excipient and primary container

Guidance is provided on the selection of appropriate methods of sterilisation for sterile products.
Although, terminal sterilisation using a reference condition of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.)
is the method of choice whenever possible, this guideline provides information on when other terminal
sterilisation processes, sterilising filtration or aseptic processing, (either alone or when combined with
an additional post-aseptic processing terminal heat treatment), could be accepted as an alternative.
Guidance is provided on the documentation expected for sterile finished products, sterile active
substances, sterile excipients and sterile primary containers (referred to as container in this guideline)
in a new marketing authorisation application or a variation application for a medicinal product, (called
quality dossier throughout the guideline).
Terminology definitions are included at the end of the document.

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