Annual Symposium focuses on the patient

Around 600 regulatory professionals gathered in Brussels at the start of the 2014 TOPRA Annual Symposium, which this year is being held in partnership with the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) and with support from the Belgian Regulatory Affairs Society (BRAS).

Delegates had a choice of pharmaceutical, veterinary or medical device symposia, all of which attracted record numbers.

The human medicines track challenged attendees to consider if the current regulatory system was delivering ‘patient centred’ approaches to getting products on the market. In her opening address, Nicola Bedlington (European Patients Forum) outlined the importance of keeping the patient at the heart of all regulatory activity. In the sessions that followed, representatives of FAHMP, including Chief Executive, Xavier de Cuyper, discussed how the vision of their agency for 2014-20 was geared towards serving the patient.

TOPRA Executive Director, Lynda Wight commented ‘In striving to do our jobs better, regulatory professionals can lose sight of why we are doing them at all. This focus on the needs of patients will, I’m sure, encourage all of us to think if there are smarter, quicker and more effective ways of delivering excellent healthcare products to those who need them’.


A date for your diary

Next year's Annual Symposium will be held from 12 to 14 October 2015 at the Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin, Germany.



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