Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme

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Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme
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Logo of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme
Abbreviation PIC/S
Formation 26 May 1971 (46 years ago) (1971-05-26)
Type Intergovernmental organization
Purpose Pharmaceutical
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°12′18″N 6°09′30″E / 46.2050823°N 6.158363°E / 46.2050823; 6.158363Coordinates: 46°12′18″N 6°09′30″E / 46.2050823°N 6.158363°E / 46.2050823; 6.158363
Area served
International
Membership
47 Active state members
Secretariat
  • Daniel Brunner,
  • Josephine Langley,
  • Jeanine Spahn-Sztuchlik, and
  • Jeffrey Hodgson
Website www.picscheme.org

The Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) are two international instruments between countries and pharmaceutical inspection authorities. The PIC/S is meant as an instrument to improve co-operation in the field of Good Manufacturing Practices between regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical industry.

The PIC (Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention) was founded in October '70 by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), under the title of the Convention for the Mutual Recognition of Inspections in Respect of the Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products. The initial members comprised the 10 member countries of EFTA at that time. In the early 1990s it was realized that because of an incompatibility between the Convention and European law, it was not possible for new countries to be admitted as members of PIC. European law did not permit individual EU countries that were members of PIC to sign agreements with other countries seeking to join PIC. As a consequence the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme was formed on 2 November 1995. The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme is an informal agreement between health authorities instead of a formal treaty between countries. PIC and the PIC Scheme, which operate together in parallel, are jointly referred to as PIC/S. PIC/S became operational in November 1995.

Members[edit]

The following are the state members of PIC/S as of June 2017:[1]

 Argentina  Austria  Australia
 Belgium  Canada   Switzerland
 Cyprus  Czech Republic  Germany
 Denmark  Estonia  Spain
 Finland  France  United Kingdom
 Greenland  Greece  Hong Kong
 Croatia  Hungary  Indonesia
 Ireland  Israel  Iceland
 Italy  Japan  South Korea
 Liechtenstein  Lithuania  Latvia
 Malta  Malaysia  Netherlands
 Norway  New Zealand  Poland
 Portugal  Romania  Sweden
 Singapore  Slovenia  Slovakia
 Thailand  Taiwan  Ukraine
 United States  South Africa

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members". www.picscheme.org. Retrieved 20 June 2017.