A global organization to promote quality in pharmaceutical excipients - the IPEC Federation - was formally created in January 2010 at a meeting in Cannes, France.

Excipients play a critical role in the creation of medicines, helping to preserve the efficacy, safety, and stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and ensuring that they deliver their promised benefits to patients.

Optimal use of excipients can provide pharmaceutical manufacturers with cost-savings in drug development, enhanced functionality and help in drug formulations innovation.

The IPEC Federation represents the four existing regional International Pharmaceutical Excipient Councils (IPECs) - IPEC Americas, IPEC Europe, IPEC Japan and IPEC China - and will provide a unified voice to promote the best use of excipients in medicines as a means of improving patient treatment and safety.

Key objectives for the Federation will be harmonisation of standards, promoting supply chain security, and the further development of third-party certification, as well as providing a source of advice and expertise for other stakeholders on excipients.

Visit IPEC Federation website to know more about the regional International Pharmaceutical Excipient Councils: