From European Pharmacopoeia 8, Chapter 0520 "Parenteral Preparations"

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May we omit the here? I don't think that the previous mention of "containers for parenteral preparations" fully justifies the use of the, since it's not a particular set of containers.

  • In this document, does are made have the force of are to be made? Is the document describing items that meet a certain specification, so that there is an implicit "When they conform to this specification...." in front of every statement?
    – TimR
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:41
  • @TRomano - yes, "are to be made". This is a "general pharmacopoeial article" that lays down basic requirements for "parenteral preparations". A specific monograph for this or that drug may override some of these requirements. Feb 13, 2017 at 14:44
  • I don't see any reason to use the. The second statement is a direct analogue of the first. are made <-> comply; as far as possible <-> where applicable.
    – TimR
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:45
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    My take is that not all containers that are meant in the first paragraph, but only those (thence, "the"") capable of being applied where they are to be/are being applied.
    – Victor B.
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:48
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    @CowperKettle: "Where applicable" would not call for the article. Cakes are to be made without tree nuts. Where applicable, cakes are to comply with paragraph 5.1 relating to Genetically Modified Organisms.
    – TimR
    Feb 13, 2017 at 18:19

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EUROPEAN PHARMACOPOEIA 6.0- 2008 3.1 Materials used for the Manufacture of containers 3.1

3 . 1 . 3 Polyolefines 3 . 1 . 4 Polyethylene without additives for Containers for preparations for Parenteral and for Ophthalmic Preparations 3 . 1 . 5.Polyethylene with additives for Containers for preparations for Parenteral and for Ophthalmic Preparations 3 . 1 . 6 Polypropylene for Containers and Closures for Parenteral and Ophthalmic Preparations 3 . 1 . 7 Poly(ethylene – vinylacetate) for Containers and Tubing for total Parenteral Nutrition Preparations ..

It would seem there is a great deal of information needed to determine if ""containers for parenteral preparations" might meet the materials requirements.
As the entire range of "containers for parenteral preparations", or other containers not described, cannot be known from the available information, one must believe the "the" is required as a description to assure those containers comply with general container regulations.
A more positive determination can only be had with all the pertinent information at hand.

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