The Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (jointly referred to as PIC/S) are two international instruments between countries and pharmaceutical inspection authorities, which provide together an active and constructive co-operation in the field of GMP.
PIC/S' mission is "to lead the international development, implementation and maintenance of harmonised Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and quality systems of inspectorates in the field of medicinal products."
This is to be achieved by developing and promoting harmonised GMP standards and guidance documents; training competent authorities, in particular inspectors; assessing (and reassessing) inspectorates; and facilitating the co-operation and networking for competent authorities and international organisations.
There are currently 46 Participating Authorities in PIC/S (Convention and Scheme taken together).
The current web site provides an overview on PIC/S' history, its role, Members, publications and activities. For any enquiries, please contact the PIC/S Secretariat!
PIC/S has undergone a major reorganisation since 2014, the new PIC/S organisational chart and composition of its Executive Bureau are available for download here
Mexico applies for PIC/S membership
PIC/S events in Paris, France, 20-24 October 2014
Croatia applies for PIC/S membership
PIC/S events in Rome, Italy, 15-21 May 2014
PIC/S adopts GDP Guide
Thai FDA to apply for membership
Hans Smallenbroek, founding father of PIC/S, passes away
Revised PIC/S GMP Guide
Revised PIC/S Guide to Good Practices for the Preparation of Medicinal Products in Healthcare Establishments
Chile applies for PIC/S pre-accession membership
PIC/S events in Ottawa, Canada, 7-11 October 2013