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. Often the benefits of medications cannot be realised in patients and even worse considerable mortality and morbidity are related to inappropriate and unsafe use of medicines (e.g. prescribing errors, dispensing errors, non-adherence with treatment regimen).
To minimise risks for patients’ health and ensure the same access to treatment for all, the EDQM is in charge of harmonising the 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.
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.