Pharma IQ's Top 12 Pharmaceutical Industry Associations

Niamh Madigan



Last year Pharma IQ put together a list of the TOP 10 pharmaceutical industry associations. As it got a lot of you commenting, we decided to repeat and update it for 2013 with two new worthy entrants!

We have broken the list down into industry categories to help you identify the associations which are linked with your area in the industry.

The Full Spectrum

DIA is a neutral, global, non-profit association that provides knowledge resources across the full spectrum of medical product development. It provides access to information to advance careers, skills, and innovation in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and related fields. DIA facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration through: education and training, meetings, conferences, webinars, online learning, and other events to enhance knowledge exchange, collaboration, and networking.

Pharma IQ likes:
DIA ConneX is a secure online collaborative network that gives members the tools to share documents, events, and discussions with the click of a mouse.


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ISBER is an international forum that addresses the technical, legal, ethical, and managerial issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens. Through ISBER you can connect with others with an interest in biospecimen science and biobanking. They are an experienced and diverse bunch in biology, computer science, marketing, management, environmental science, medicine, etc., with similar challenges in managing collections of environmental and biological specimens.

Pharma IQ likes:
wherever possible, the Committee makes available to members information on training courses and other educational opportunities


New to 2013 list!

The BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Their goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as a top location for innovative research and commercialisation, promoting the UK as a world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can make a difference to people's lives. They have significant connections in Europe through links to EuropaBio. Elsewhere around the globe, they have strong ties to BIO in the US and BIOTECanada, as well as to ABLE in India and NZBio in New Zealand. They encourage relationships with other national trade associations in key locations

Pharma IQ likes:
the weekly online update from the CEO, Steve Bates and the monthly webinar, ' Coffee with Steve Bates- CEO Webinars'. BIA membership benefits include accessibility to several business development resources and opportunities with significant savings to members.


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The mission of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for its member organizations, both large and small. BIO is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Washington, D.C.  It provides advocacy, business development, and communications services to its 1,100 members worldwide. Members get involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Pharma IQ likes: Love how fresh this website is and so easy to navigate around. A real advocate for biotech industry breakthroughs, which is so motivating in a challenging environment of economic uncertainty, critical public policy debates and the ongoing need for regulatory reform which often hinders investment in this industry.


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Research and Development

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents U.S. pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $49.5 billion in 2011 in discovering and developing new medicines.

Pharma IQ likes: Very current with news and up-to-date reviews. We particularly like the ‘Issues’ section on their website which gives an informative overview of Biotech industry today and includes news and informative overviews on issues like counterfeit drugs


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New to 2013 list

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) was founded in 1980 by a handful of people who believed the pharmaceutical industry needed an organisation that would deal with practical applications of science and technology for technical professionals. Their aim was to improve efficiency and best practices. The forum began with a membership of engineers in North America and has expanded beyond engineering to include a broad representation from pharmaceutical professionals, including a vital link with quality control and assurance personnel. ISPE now has 22,000 Members in 90 countries worldwide and keeps industry professionals informed of the latest technological and regulatory trends that are occurring in the marketplace.

Pharma IQ Likes: The career solutions tab provides information for job seekers, employers and offers a Certified Industry Pharma professionals credential (CPIP). This certification is aimed at industry professionals around the world who are working in and supporting product development through manufacturing.



European Focus

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 31 national associations and 35 leading pharmaceutical companies, EFPIA is the voice on the EU scene of over 2,000 companies committed to researching, developing and bringing new medicines to patients.

Pharma IQ likes: We applaud the support that EFPIA offers many on-going battles and initiatives in Europe. They were recently recognised for their combined effort on the European Stakeholder Model (ESM), a European Medicines Verification project with the aim to prevent Falsified medicines from entering the European Supply Chain



US Focus

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) has approximately 12,000 members employed in industry, academia, government, and other research institutes worldwide. AAPS offers timely scientific programs, ongoing education, information resources, opportunities for networking, and professional development.
Pharma IQ likes: Great e-learning platform which includes an impressive backlog of webinars, offering electronic education opportunities for AAPS members and the scientific community.




In an era when increasing demands are being made on Europe’s health services, generic medicines ensure patient access to safe and effective medicines. The European Generic Medicines Association (EGA) is the official representative body of the European generic and biosimilar pharmaceutical industry, which is at the forefront of providing high-quality affordable medicines to the European market, stimulating competitiveness and innovation in the pharmaceutical sector.
Pharma IQ likes: Offers an up-to-date and informed opinion on Biosimilar Medicines and currently hosting a  lot of information on their website



Science & Technology


The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is the premier society worldwide for delivery science and technology. CRS serves more than 1,600 members from more than 50 countries. Two-thirds of CRS membership represents industry and one-third represents academia and government.

Pharma IQ likes:
This association makes a conscious effort in trying to connect members globally through their global chapters. Also, we really like the rolling news bar on the bottom left of the home page.



Personalised Medicine


The European Personalised Medicine Association EPEMED is a not-for-profit organisation, which was founded to address issues in personalised medicine that confront the industry, regulators, payers & insurers as well as governments. The organisation is directed by a dynamic and diverse group of leaders in the personalised medicine field, who have great expertise in the application and development of diagnostic tools to deliver improved patient care.

Pharma IQ likes: Good regulatory guidance on the co-development of diagnostic test and personalised drug therapy



Clinical Research

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) is one of the world's premier organisations for professionals involved in the design, management and conduct of human clinical trials. Members are engaged in all aspects of work in clinical research, both directly and in the support services. The association currently has over 4000 members in 49 countries and provides highly regarded education and training, conferences and networking events, news updates and analysis on all aspects of clinical research.

Pharma IQ likes: The Institute offers high quality training, covering all aspect of clinical research. You can choose the training method that best suits you or your team from face-to-face to academic courses and even earn CPD points.