Representing the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Geneva
Founded in 1968, the IFPMA is a global, non-profit, nongovernmental organization. With members across the globe and a secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland, the IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical industry, including the biotechnology and vaccine sectors.
Our members comprise leading international companies as well as national and regional industry pharmaceutical associations in both developing and developed countries. Our primary role is to improve global health by representing our members in dialogue with intergovernmental bodies, nongovernmental organizations, Geneva-based missions of national governments, civil society organizations and others.
The IFPMA has several expert committees and working groups which leverage industry expertise to develop effective approaches to health issues. Its governing bodies are the IFPMA Council, a group of elected representatives from member companies and associations, and the IFPMA Assembly, which comprises the entire membership. The President of the IFPMA is elected by the Council for a two-year term and is chosen from among the Chief Executive Officers of member companies. The IFPMA has two Vice Presidents, also elected for a period of two years.
The IFPMA advocates policies that encourage discovery of and access to life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to improve the health of people everywhere.
To fulfil its mission, the IFPMA follows these guiding principles:
- Encourage a global policy environment that is conducive to medicines innovation, both therapeutic and preventive, for the benefit of people around the world.
- Promote and support principles of ethical conduct and practices voluntarily agreed upon, as exemplified by the IFPMA Code of Practice.
- Promote and support the adoption of high standards of manufacturing practices and quality assurance for pharmaceutical products.
- Contribute industry expertise and foster collaborative relationships and partnerships with international organizations dedicated to the improvement of public health, especially in developing and emerging countries.
- Ensure regular contact and experience-sharing and coordinate efforts of members towards achieving these objectives.