Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group (IPAG)

Changes at the RPS Industrial Pharmacy Forum

A new Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group (IPAG) is replacing this Industrial Pharmacy Forum in 2021.

IPAG provides a source of expertise on issues of pharmacy practice which impact on patients, the public, and the profession. 

The Group serves as a consultative group to the Boards of the RPS, acting as a source of expertise and advice, and providing evidenced-based leadership and opinion to inform RPS policy decisions and advice to government and other organisations. 

The main aim of IPAG is to provide leadership in practice, identify and track the changing healthcare environment, advise on the implications for the industrial sector and the RPS and also highlight the changing professional needs and competencies of its members.

Read the Terms of Reference for the Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group (IPAG).


  • Sunayana Shah (Chair)
  • Neel Bhatt
  • Ciara O'Brien
  • Jeremy Clarke
  • Vito Constanza
  • Diar Fattah
  • Sarah Goffin
  • Hari Harrar
  • Pervaise Khan
  • Sue Kilby
  • Yetunde Kolade
  • Stephen Makin
  • Ricardo Martinez-Moreno-Davila
  • Jane Nicholson
  • Mine Orlu
  • Marco Picone
  • Kendall Pitt

EIPG Webinar

Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products, with Robert Smith

Tuesday 24 November 2020, 1700 CET (1600 GMT)

Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) include gene therapy products, somatic cell therapy and products produced from tissue engineering. They offer ground-breaking new opportunities for the treatment of disease and injury.

The webinar will look at the main types of ATMPs and provide an outline of their manufacture and testing. In Europe, the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) plays a central role in the scientific assessment of advanced therapy medicines for humans; the speaker will review the regulations and guidelines applicable to these products.

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The EIPG newsletter

Read the official newsletter of the European Industrial Pharmacists' Group.

  • October 2020
    October's EIPG monthly newsletter has an interesting article on the future of health systems. COVID-19 has brought many initiatives to improve European health policy coordination. The EU intends to reinforce and empower both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) to improve crisis preparedness and management of cross-border health threats. They also plan a new agency for biomedical advanced research and development, a “European BARDA” modelled on the US agency.
    With an 20-fold increase in shortages between 2000 and 2018, and considering the dependencies of pharma imports from China and India, “The European response to the shortage of medicines must be based on three pillars: a return to health sovereignty by securing supplies, stepping up European action to better coordinate and supplement member state health policies, and enhancing cooperation between them”, said the EU Parliament.
    Please send me your report of dissemination by the middle of November and stay safe!

  • September 2020
  • The latest issue of EIPG's monthly newsletter has an article from AFI’s national delegate and our Vice-President Technical and Professional Development, Piero Iamartino on how AFI's activities have continued during the COVID-19 emergency.
    Earlier in September, at an EIPG–Tecniche Nuove webinar, Dr Francesco Boschi summarised the most relevant comments to the V12 draft document of Annex 1 (appendix of Eudralex Vol. 4 EU GMP) as developed by the EIPG national working groups. Professor Gino Martini, Chief Scientific Officer for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and former EIPG President was the main speaker at a joint EIPG & EPSA webinar Innovation and the Pharmacist – putting pharmacy at the forefront of healthcare.
    Please send me your report of dissemination by mid-October and, stay safe and protected against COVID-19!
  • July 2020
    EIPG's July newsletter has an article from our colleagues in Belgium. Alexia Rensonent and Thomas Lion, both board members of the Belgian UPIP-VAPI Industrial Pharmacists Association, they tell us about COVID-19's effect on freelance QP and RP-GDP activities.
    You'll also find a short report from EIPG’s first ever digital General Assembly held on 18th of July 2020, through our new communication platform. This year’s General Assembly in Leiden, the Netherlands and hosted by NIA, our Dutch Association, had to be postponed.
    Please send me your dissemination reports by the middle of August 2020, and I wish you all a nice, safe summer!

  • June 2020
    EIPG's monthly newsletter for June has an interesting article on Latvia’s new Medicines reimbursement system and Medicinal Products Register prepared with the valuable contribution of the Pharmacists’ Society of Lavia (LFB) and their President Linda Meška.
    You can also read about the decision of EIPG Bureau to hold a digital General Assembly on 18 July as the General Assembly due to be held in the Netherlands and hosted by our Dutch colleagues of NIA has been postponed due to COVID-19 situation.
    Please forward this issue to your members of your association occupied in pharmaceutical industry and allied companies and confirm your dissemination until 15 July 2020.

  • May 2020
    The May issue of EIPG's monthly newsletter has an interesting article on how COVID-19 has redesigned the job market at a deep level, and what are the skills pharma worforce is expected to possess to face a still uncertain future.
    Analysis is presented from consultancy firms on how CHROs should look at the new scenarios to sustain both business activities and the need for some employees to find a new position.
    Also, Professor Gino Martini, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Great Britain talks about the latest issues, innovations and developments in the pharmaceutical sciences and research.
    And finally, a look at the still open consultations on Annex 21 and Annex 1.

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