Initially created in 1992, IPEC Europe, the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Europe, is not-for-profit European association registered in Belgium bringing together producers, distributors and users of pharmaceutical excipients. Since 2010, together with its sister associations, IPEC Americas, IPEC Japan, IPEC China and IPEC India, IPEC Europe is a member of IPEC Federation whose global membership extends to more than 250 companies. In 2008, IPEC Europe initiated with other industry experts the development of a certification scheme for excipients suppliers that has become in January 2014 the free-standing association EXCiPACT.
IPEC Europe offers a unique forum for members to exchange good practices and to develop harmonised standards for pharmaceutical excipients. It strives to continuously promote and achieve worldwide acceptance and use of the IPEC developed guidelines as a means of improving and ensuring quality, safety, and functionality of pharmaceutical excipients.
In 2017 IPEC Europe counts 69 full members, plus 4 associate members and 5 co-opted members. Activities are organised through Committees or Working Groups, the activities of which are communicated during the Annual General Meeting and in the IPEC Europe newsletter, which are regularly posted on the news section of this site.