European Medicines Agency marks 40th anniversary of PIC/S

News 31/05/2011

The European Medicines Agency is marking the 40th anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S).

PIC/S are two international instruments between countries and pharmaceutical inspection authorities. They aim to lead the international development, implementation and maintenance of harmonised good-manufacturing-practice (GMP) standards and quality systems of inspectorates in the field of medicines.

The Agency is a recognised partner of PIC/S, working together with them on:

  • developing and promoting harmonised GMP standards and guidance documents;
  • training inspectors in national medicines regulatory authorities;
  • assessing and re-assessing inspectorates;
  • facilitating co-operation and networking for national regulatory authorities and international organisations.

The Agency and PIC/S signed a new PDF iconco-operation agreement in December 2010. The agreement aimed at strengthening the level of co-operation in the two organisations' areas of common interest.

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