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Trade Associations
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is an nonprofit organization that serves as an educational, scientific, and scholarly body comprised of 13,000 pharmaceutical scientists. Two key annual events are the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition and the AAPS National Biotechnology Conference.
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.
The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is an international scientific organization that serves 3,000 members from more than 50 countries with a focus on advancing science, technology, and education in the controlled delivery of bioactive substances. CRS holds an annual meeting and exposition.
CPhI Worldwide
CPhi Worldwide is the annual exposition held in Europe of contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) and suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients: active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, excipients, and other events. The event attracts roughly 1500 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees.
Regional CPhI events also are held in India (, Japan (, and China (
Drug, Chemical, and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) is a 365-member company business development association consisting of firms that manufacture, distribute, or provide services to the pharmaceutical, chemical, nutritional, and related industries. Its members include professionals engaged in sourcing, procurement, and supply chain management from large- and medium-sized innovator pharmaceutical companies, generic drug companies, and consumer healthcare companies. On the supply side, DCAT's membership consists of manufacturers and distributors of active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, excipients, other pharmaceutical ingredients, formulation services, pharmaceutical packaging, and related services. DCAT holds several educational and networking events throughout the year, including DCAT Week.
The Drug Information Association (DIA) is a nonprofit professional association of approximately 20,000 members worldwide who are involved in the discovery, development, regulation, surveillance, or marketing of pharmaceuticals or related products. It holds various educational events throughout the year, including an annual conference and exposition.
A business-focused forum launched in 2004 as part of Cefic (the Brussels-based European Chemical Industry Council, to discuss business competitiveness issues affecting the fine chemicals industry in Europe and to agree on collective actions to deal with them. EFCG consists of 32 member companies and seven national trade associations representing fine chemical producers in Germany (, Ireland (, Italy (,, and Spain (, and the United Kingdom ( as well as the and the API committee of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC,
The European Generic Medicine Association (EGA) is the official representative body of the European generic pharmaceutical industry.
The International Foundation Process Analytical Chemistry is a world-wide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of process analytical technology and chemistry. The association provides a platform for the interaction of ideas and sharing of information between industry, research institutions, government agencies, and the manufacturers and suppliers of process analytical chemistry and technology. Holds annual conference (
The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) is a project that brings together the regulatory authorities of Europe, Japan, and the United States and experts from the pharmaceutical industry in the three regions to discuss scientific and technical aspects of product registration. The purpose is to make recommendations on ways to achieve greater harmoniztion in the interpretation and application of technical guidelines and requirements for product registration in order to reduce or obviate the need to duplicate the testing carried out during the research and development of new medicines.
The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council is the global association of manufacturers and users of pharmaceutical excipients. IPEC is the federation of three independent regional industry associations of pharmaceutical excipient manufacturers, headquartered in the United States (IPEC-Americas, Arlington, VA,, Europe (IPEC Europe, Leidschendam, Netherlands,, and Japan (Japan Pharmaceutical Excipients Council, Tokyo,
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) is the world's largest not-for-profit association dedicated to educating and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals and their industry. Founded in 1980, today ISPE serves more than 23,000 members in 81 countries.
The Institute of Validation Technology (IVT) is a professional society dedicated exclusively to expanding the global knowledge base for validation and compliance professionals in FDA-regulated industries. By creating a cooperative forum between Industry experts and FDA personnel, IVT is committed to advancing validation technology and practices, as well as assuring compliance with FDA regulations.
Parenteral Drug Association is a nonprofit organization that provides parenteral science, technology, and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries through the expertise of its more than 10,000 members worldwide.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies.
Key Resources
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) is a decentralized body of the European Union whose main responsibility is the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use. The EMEA is responsible for the scientific evaluation of applications for European marketing authorization for medicinal products (centralized procedure). Under the centralized procedure, companies submit one single marketing authorization application to the EMEA. All medicinal products for human and animal use derived, including those derived from biotechnology and other high-technology processes must be approved via the centralized procedure.
The Eastern Pharmaceutical Technology meeting is an annual meeting designed to provide a timely exchange of research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms.
ExcipientFest is a conference and exhibition devoted to the science and technology of excipients. Annual events held in Puerto Rico and Ireland.
The US Food & Drug Administration is the US government agency within the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA consists of eights centers/offices (
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association is a nonprofit association consisting of
manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceutical products; manufacturers and distributors of bulk active pharmaceutical chemicals; and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic pharmaceutical industry. GPhA represents the industry and its members through participation in regulatory, scientific and legislative forums at the state, federal and international levels on matters of common interest and concern to our members.
InformEX USA is an annual exhibition of contract manufacturing organizations supplying active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, and related services and technologies in support of pharmaceutical chemical development.
The key exhibition and conferences for machinery, equipments, and suppliers to the pharmaceutical industry from process development and R&D through manufacturing and packaging. Key annual event held in the United States each spring plus global events in Puerto Rico and Asia (
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the world's foremost medical research centers, and the federal focal point for medical research in the United States. The NIH, comprising 27 separate Institutes and centers, is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association for Science and Technology (NJPhAST) is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for discussion, continuing education and the exchange of ideas on advances in pharmaceutical sciences and technology. Its membership consists of roughly 400 scientists and engineers as well as suppliers of chemicals, equipment and services to the pharmaceutical Industry. The group holds monthly educational meetings from September to May.
The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit, educational corporation organized by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).
The State Food and Drug Administration, People's Republic of China is directly under the State Council, is the national authority of drug regulation in China.
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Organization (SOCMA) is the US-based trade association representing chemical batch and custom manufacturers, including contract manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates.
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States.


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