IPEC Federation to promote the best use of excipients

The IPEC Federation has been created to promote quality in pharmaceutical excipients.

The IPEC Federation has been created to promote quality in pharmaceutical excipients. It will represent the four existing regional International Pharmaceutical Excipient Councils (IPECs) - IPEC Americas, IPEC Europe, IPEC Japan and IPEC China - and aims to provide a unified voice to promote the best use of excipients in medicines as a means of improving patient treatment and safety.

Key objectives will be harmonisation of standards, promoting supply chain security, and the further development of third-party certification, as well as providing a source of advice and information.

Patricia Rafidison of IPEC Europe has been appointed as chairwoman of the IPEC Federation, with Janeen Skutnik of IPEC Americas as vice chairwoman. Atsushi Nakamura of IPEC Japan will serve as treasurer.

"The excipient industry has always been complex, with huge diversity among suppliers, and globalisation has added to that complexity," said Rafidison. "For that reason it is more important than ever before that the industry can speak with one unified voice."

"The IPEC Federation provides an opportunity to increase global awareness and understanding of excipients, and provides solutions to address the complexity of the global supply chain," added Skutnik.

The next meeting of the IPEC Federation will be held in Tallin, Estonia in June.




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