European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (CD-P-PH)
The quality of medicine and the way a medicine is prescribed, delivered or simply taken by the patients are key factors that can have a direct impact on the efficiency of a treatment and can put the patients’ health at risk. Patients do not always receive the full benefits that their treatment can provide (e.g. due to a lack of medication adherence) and if they are not prescribed or taken properly, medicines can actually cause serious illness or even death.
To minimise risks for patients’ health and ensure the same access to treatment for all, the EDQM is in charge of harmonising pharmaceutical practices throughout Europe. This activity covers a wide range of subjects relevant to pharmacy practice, including patients’ access to good quality medicines, promotion of patient-centred care and effective use of medicines, and quality and safety of pharmacy preparations. Pharmaceutical practices evolve and there is a need for harmonisation and sharing of knowledge and expertise across Europe.
The European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (CD-P-PH) is one of the intergovernmental steering committees of the Council of Europe. Its core mission is to support national competent authorities of the Council of Europe member States parties to the European Pharmacopoeia Convention to make the medication process safer, more responsible and accessible to all who need it.
Committee of Experts on the Classification of Medicines as Regards their Supply
Committee of Experts on Quality and Safety Standards in Pharmaceutical Practices and Pharmaceutical Care
Committee of Experts on Minimising the Public Health Risks Posed by Falsification of Medical Products and Related Crimes
Joint project CD-P-PH and European Pharmacopoeia Commission
Communication with partners and stakeholders
Interactions take place on a regular basis with international organisations and professional bodies active in the field of public health and pharmacy practice (e.g. World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP)) in order to align efforts aimed at ensuring safe and appropriate use of medicines in Europe.
The CD-P-PH holds its annual meeting in autumn, usually at the EDQM premises
Next annual meeting: 19-20 September 2023