The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM) was founded in 2007 with the clear objective of fighting against counterfeit medicines and promoting patient safety around Europe.
Combating counterfeit medicines requires the coordinated effort of all the various public and private stakeholders who are affected and are competent in addressing the different aspects of the problem. Wherever this problem is discussed, the call has been for co-ordination and collaboration. The EAASM aims to make that happen.
Cathalijne van Doorne, EAASM Chair:
“When I first joined the EAASM I was very impressed with the good work that the organisation undertakes in the areas of counterfeit medicines and safe medical practices. At the same time I was shocked to learn about the many patient safety issues relating to illegal online pharmacies. The advent of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) coupled with the introduction of the common logo and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) .pharmacy initiatives gives the EAASM, patient groups and other active organisations, such as ASOP and CSIP the unique opportunity to inform patients and consumers alike about this dangerous threat. I look forward in my capacity as Chair to champion this approach.”
The EAASM includes members and supporters from both independent and industry backgrounds, and we make sure there are never more funding partners than non-funding partners.
The actions of the EAASM are approved by the Executive Board which consists of seven members: four independent and three pharmaceutical industry representatives. They ensure that the EAASM remains focused on its stated objectives.
The EAASM is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) at Companies House in Cardiff, UK. This legal structure ensures that everything we do is specifically for community benefit or the wider public interest. This is achieved by a ‘community interest test’ and ‘asset lock’, which ensures that any assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes.