30th anniversary of the OMCL Network – Celebrating the success of international collaboration for safe medicines at the 29th GEON meeting

The 29th Annual Meeting of the General European Official Medicines Control Laboratories Network (GEON) was held from 13 to 17 May 2024 in Ohrid (North Macedonia). Over 230 participants representing 63 official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs) from 38 countries attended this meeting, which was hosted by the Center for Drug Quality Control, with the support of the North Macedonian Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (MALMED), and co-organised with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM). Nine in-person sessions were held over the course of the week, with the General Session conducted in hybrid format to allow wider participation. An air of celebration surrounded this year’s event, which marked not only the 30th anniversary of the GEON, but also the 75th and 60th anniversaries of the Council of Europe and the EDQM, respectively.