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Objectives of the conference


Self-care products make an important contribution to the health and well-being of Europeans. Individuals want to take greater responsibility for their own health and well-being; this combined with demographic changes and the increasing pressure on healthcare system requires to advance responsible self-care in order to make European health systems future-proof.

The ability of individuals to self-care safely and effectively can be enhanced by improving the regulatory system for self-care products. With this aim, the AESGP Conference brings together the self-care industry, legislators and regulators as well as other key stakeholders to discuss how to further improve the current framework for self-care products, notably non-prescription medicines, substance-based medical devices and food supplements.

Key topics that will be discussed during the conference are:

  • Changes and challenges pertaining to the regulatory framework of food supplements including implementation of the General food law revision, Article 8 of the Fortified Food Regulation, the Novel Food Regulation, outcome of REFIT process, etc.
  • Medical devices regulatory system readiness for substance based medical devices
  • Functioning of European marketing authorisation procedures for non-prescription medicines and herbal medicines
  • Status of self-care policies in Europe with special focus on self-care enablers
  • Perspectives on self-care from various European stakeholders 

Ultimately, the conference aims to deliver key, actionable insights into the very latest regulatory developments as well as provide an outlook to what a future regulatory landscape might look like.