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The IPEC Federation, a global organization consisting of regional associations organized to promote quality in pharmaceutical excipients, was formally created in January 2010 at a meeting in Cannes, France.
Excipients play a critical role in the creation of medicines, helping to preserve the efficacy, safety, and stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and ensuring that they deliver their promised benefits to patients.
Optimal use of excipients can provide pharmaceutical manufacturers with cost-savings in drug development, enhanced functionality and help in drug formulations innovation.
The IPEC Federation represents the five existing regional International Pharmaceutical Excipient Councils (IPECs) - IPEC-Americas, IPEC Europe, IPEC Japan, IPEC China and IPEC India- and will provide a unified voice to promote the best use of excipients in medicines as a means of improving patient treatment and safety.
Key objectives for the Federation 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 expertise for other stakeholders on excipients.
IPEC Europe (Patricia Rafidison) currently holds the Presidency of the IPEC Federation, and IPEC-Americas (Priscilla Zawislak) and IPEC Japan (Hiroshi Watanabe) serve as Vice-President and Treasurer respectively.
"The excipient industry has always been complex, with huge diversity among suppliers, and globalisation has added to that complexity," commented Rafidison. "For that reason it is more important than ever before that the industry can speak with one unified voice."
"The IPEC Federation is an important milestone in the development of globally harmonised excipient guidances," said Janeen Skutnik-Wilkinson, former IPEC Federation President. "As governments, regulators and other healthcare stakeholders increase their scrutiny of excipients, the Federation provides an opportunity to increase global awareness and understanding of excipients, and provides solutions to address the complexity of the global supply chain."