Word of the Chair
Dear IPEC Europe members,
This opening edition of Excipients Insight in 2016 features highlights of our annual excipient forum - held in Nice in early February - which once again included a packed programme of presentations and discussion on key developments in the areas of excipients regulation and technology.
We welcomed a record number of delegates at the event, which featured presentations from the European Directorate on the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM), the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Chinese Pharmacopeia (ChP) Commission, as well as many representatives from excipient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers. We were delighted with the high quality of the programme and the lively and thoughtful participation of delegates.
Our annual general meeting - held the day after the forum on February 5 - provided an opportunity to discuss the strategy and direction of IPEC Europe in 2016, as well as to hear updates from our sister IPECs and the IPEC Federation on 2015's achievements and future priorities. The board is also pleased to welcome two new board members - Marie Lesenne and Dominik Odenback - who were elected at the AGM. A brief introduction to the new arrivals can be read here.
Many of the key topics discussed during the NICE gathering are detailed in this issue of our newsletter, and others will be explored in future editions alongside the usual reporting of pertinent regulatory and scientific developments.
Enjoy reading and kind regards
Chair of IPEC Europe