One important and clear objective of EUFEPS is to interact with the pharmaceutical industry, thereby strengthening the pharmaceutical sciences and scientists to enhance innovative drug research and development in Europe.
To help on this, a EUFEPS Committee on Industrial Relations (CIR) has been established, acting as a think-tank for the EUFEPS Executive Committee. This is to make sure that EUFEPS’ activities to advance the pharmaceutical sciences will interact not only with the academia but also with current needs in the pharmaceutical industry.
The pro-active role taken by CIR has helped significantly. Examples of input from CIR include initiatives to investigate and map pharmaceutical sciences training needs, advice on scientific sessions of EUFEPS congresses, conferences and sciences training programmes, as well as strong support for the New Safe Medicines Faster Project, aiming at substantial improvement of the drug development process.