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As from 2017 (e.g. from the 9.3 version) the USB format will be replaced by a downloadable version. Customers who already have a subscription to 9.0-9.2 USB version, can familiarise themselves with the new downloadable version by the following the instructions below.

Instructions for European Pharmacopoeia download

Follow the steps below in order to receive a link to the European Pharmacopoeia download version and EPID codes to register your free trial licence.

Step 1: Enter your email address

Be sure to use a valid email address as your link and the EPID codes for the European Pharmacopoeia download will be sent to this address. In case of any difficulty in receiving the e-mail, please contact us via the EDQM helpdesk.

Step 2: Enter your EPID code for the portable version to receive an EPID code for the download portable version

To obtain a code for the portable version, enter the code you received with your USB stick that starts with EPID-BB.

You will be allowed 1 free activation.

Step 3: Enter your EPID code for the install version to receive an EPID code for the download install version

To obtain a code for the install version, enter the code you received with your USB stick that starts with EPID-BC.

You will be allowed 2 free activations.

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FAQ


General questions

Why a Download version of the USB stick ?

The USB version takes much longer to produce and deliver to clients than the online and print versions. By changing to a Download version, we will be able to provide customers with the offline version some 6 weeks earlier.

Is it necessary to have a USB stick?

If you wish to only use the install version, you won't need a USB stick. If you wish to use the portable version, then the data needs to be copied to a USB stick.

The portable version allows you to run the European Pharmacopoeia Offline directly from the USB stick following a simple licence activation. It will only run from a USB stick (e.g. no other portable memory solution will work). 

On the other hand, if you want to install the European Pharmacopoeia Offline, it isn't necessary to copy the data to the USB stick. You can download the compressed installation file to your computer, perform the installation after extracting this file to your computer's hard disk and run the installation. After successful activation, both the compressed file as well as the decompressed installation files can be deleted from your computer.

What is the Download version?

The Download version of the European Pharmacopoeia offline will be identical to the current USB version. The only difference is that you download the content from a link we will provide.

Can I test the Download version?

Yes, to allow you to familiarise yourself with the new Download version, and if you are already a client of the 9.0-9.2 USB version, you can test it for free. You will need to supply the EPID codes delivered with your 9.0 and 9.1 USB sticks in order to obtain your free 9.1 and  9.2 Download versions. Enter them in the form just above.

What will your licensing conditions be?

The Download version's licensing conditions will be identical to the current USB version, and will include two install licences and one portable licence.

When will it be available?

As from 2017 (e.g. from the 9.3 version), the USB format will be replaced by a Download version. However, you can already try it for free starting with the European Pharmacopoeia offline 9.1.

Will it still be possible to order a USB version?

No, we plan to discontinue the USB version. As from 2017 (e.g. from the 9.3 version) the USB format will be replaced by a Download version.

Technical questions

How can I download the offline version?
  • Once you have obtained your EPID code for the Download version, follow the URL provided in the same email. You will be redirected to a WeTransfer page.
  • Click on Download to download the EXE file.
  • Save the file (e.g. EDQM90x.exe) to your computer (e.g. Downloads).

  >  If you want to run the Ph. Eur. from a stick:

    -  Double-click on the file (e.g. EDQM90x.exe) and click on Run. A screen will display.

    -  Click on Extract. The extraction should take about 10-15 min.

    -  When the extraction is complete, insert a USB stick.

    -  Copy and paste the files extracted to your USB stick. The copy should take about 20-30 min.

    -  When the copy is complete, double-click on menu.exe contained in the folder EDQM90x in your USB stick.

    -  Click on Run from USB.

    -  To activate the licence, use the code EPID-BB. You will only need to validate your licence the first time you launch the application.

  >  If you want to install the Ph. Eur. to your computer:

    -  Double-click on the file (e.g. EDQM90x.exe) and click on Run. A screen will display.

    -  Select the path to your computer to extract the file to a dedicated folder on your computer.

    -  Click on Extract. The extraction will take about 10-15 min.

    -  Open the folder containing the downloaded data and double-click on the folder EDQM90x.

    -  Launch EDQM90x/menu.exe.

    -  Click on Install to hard drive.

    -  To activate the licence, use the code EPID-BC. Two fixed installations are permitted.

What are the technical requirements of the computer's environment?

The minimum requirements for your computer's environment are:

  • Windows 2000 and higher
  • Browsers: Chrome ≥ 40, Internet Explorer ≥ 9.0, Edge ≥ 20, Firefox ≥ 16.1
  • Use of the off-line version requires that cookies be permitted and pop-ups coming from 127.0.0.1 to be allowed
  • Microsoft .Net Framework ≥2.0 or higher (for Windows 8 and 10 users, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Feature needs to be installed)
  • RAM: 512 MB
What are the technical specifications of the USB stick needed to run the portable version?

Firstly, you only need to extract the downloaded content to a USB stick if you want to use the functionality of the portable version.

You will be able to use your 9.0-9.2 USB sticks if you purchased them. These USB sticks will have a storage capacity of 32 GB and will be able to hold several versions. 

If you haven't purchased a 9.0-9.2 USB stick, you will be able to use a personal USB stick.

The technical specifications are:

  • A USB stick (no other portable memory solution will work)
  • Capacity: 4 GB (will hold one version)
  • Chip: SLC chip or high-speed MLC chip
  • USB 3.0 or USB 2.0
  • Sequential read speed: 25 MB/s minimum
  • Sequential write speed: 10 MB/s minimum
  • 4K random read speed: 1 MB/s minimum
  • 4K random write speed: 0.5 MB/s minimum
  • Stick format: FAT32 with 16K cluster size

Please find below a list of compliant USB sticks that have been tested by EDQM for reliability and performance.

Recommended USB flash drives to be used with portable version

The following USB sticks have been tested by EDQM for reliability and performance.

  • Kingston DataTraveler SE9 G2 USB 3.0 32 GB 
  • Lexar JumpDrive M20i USB 3.0 64 GB
  • Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64 GB
  • SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64 GB
  • SanDisk Ultra Dual USB 3.0 32 GB
  • SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32 GB
  • SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64 GB
  • SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB 3.0 16 GB / 32 GB
What was the testing methodology used by the EDQM to determine USB stick compliancy?

All the tests were conducted with CrystalDiskMark benchmark software. CrystalDiskMark uses the DiskSpd, a storage performance test tool from the Windows Server and Cloud Server Infrastructure Engineering teams. It is a highly customisable I/O load generator tool that simulates SQL Server I/O activity and more complex patterns of access which change over time and can be used to run storage performance tests against files, partitions, or physical disks.

The tests were focused in particular on the 4K Random Read and Write capabilities of the USB stick, in order to assess its capability to run an application. 4K Random Write is a disk access pattern in which the small 4K blocks of data are written to the random location of the storage device. It shows how effective the device is when it quickly saves small pieces of information to random locations on the disk itself. This type of access pattern is common when running applications from a disk.

Four test types were conducted:

  • Seq Q32T1: Sequential (Block Size=128KiB) Read/Write with 32 queues and single thread
  • 4K Q32T1: Random 4KiB Read/Write with 32 queues and single thread
  • Seq: Sequential (Block Size=1MiB) Read/Write with single thread
  • 4K: Random 4KiB Read/Write with single queue and single thread
I have another question

For any other questions, please contact us via the EDQM helpdesk.