On June 7, 2019, in the Academic Council at the National University of Pharmacy, Kharkiv, Ukraine, the thesis ‘Scientific substantiation for the certification of pharmacopoeial reference standards by thermal analysis methods’ for the degree of PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the speciality 15.00.03. – standardization and organization of medicine manufacture was defended by Olena Bevz, junior scientific officer of the Department of Validation and Reference Standards at the Ukrainian Scientific Pharmacopoeial Center for Quality of Medicines (the research supervisor is Dr Dmytro Leontiev). Congratulations to the candidate for the PhD degree and her research supervisor!