21 June 2013
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe held its 18th Annual Meeting of the Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) Network in Helsinki from 10 to 14 June 2013. This conference was organised with the help of the Finnish Medicines Agency (FIMEA), and was cosponsored by the Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA) and FIMEA. The meeting gathered more than 220 health experts from 35 countries, representing 55 OMCLs, to exchange experience and to discuss topics of common interest for the co-ordination and harmonisation of their efforts to protect patient and animal health in Europe. For the first time, participants from Ukraine and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joined the meeting as full members of the Network. The meeting was dedicated to Mr Jean-Marc Spieser, one of the founding fathers of the OMCL Network, who passed away on 1 April this year.