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EDQM Strasbourg, France 10/06/2024
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Today, tomorrow, together for public health – EDQM high-level conference celebrating 60 years of excellence in public health protection

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe is proudly marking its 60th anniversary this year, celebrating six decades of pioneering work in protecting public health and striving for a world in which everyone can enjoy better health.

Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stated on this occasion: “For 60 years now, the EDQM has been making an enormous contribution to public health on our continent and beyond. All of us benefit from its work to ensure the access and availability of safe, good quality medicines and health products. No other continent has established a body of the equivalent size, scale and scope of the EDQM. It is a remarkable achievement and a hallmark of our modern European civilisation.”

Watch the anniversary conference online

Under the theme “Today, tomorrow, together for public health”, the EDQM’s anniversary conference is taking place in the Hemicycle of the Palais de l’Europe, in Strasbourg on 11 and 12 June. The conference offers a rich programme with about 30 speakers from diverse professional horizons. They will reflect on what public health is today, delve into cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, digitalisation and gene therapy, discuss how we can enhance environmental sustainability and explore how collaboration and togetherness can drive us to achieve more and better public health protection. You can watch the entire event online and join the conversation on social media using #EDQM60.

EDQM medium-term strategy

The conference also serves as a platform to unveil the EDQM’s medium-term strategy, articulating its vision, mission, values and principles and setting forth the strategic directions the EDQM will follow in the years to come to efficiently and effectively respond to health issues in a fast-moving and unpredictable environment.

Dr Petra Doerr, EDQM Director, declared: “Our work over the past sixty years has been driven by a commitment to better public health, patient safety and scientific excellence. We are proud of our history and excited about our future. We recognise the imperative need to adapt and innovate to remain impactful, relevant, responsive and effective in an ever-changing environment”.

More information is available in the press release “Today, tomorrow, together for public health – EDQM high-level conference celebrating 60 years of excellence in public health protection”.


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