EFSPI, the European Federation of Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry, is open to national constituted groups of statisticians, who are working in or for the pharmaceutical industry. Thus, EFSPI is engaged in statistical aspects of research, development, production, and surveillance of both drugs and medical devices. The objectives of the Federation are (according to the EFSPI constitution):
- To promote professional standards of statistics and the standing of the statistical profession in matters pertinent to the European pharmaceutical industry;
- To offer a collective expert input on statistical matters to national and international authorities and organizations;
- To exchange information on and harmonise attitudes to the practice of statistics in the European pharmaceutical industry and within the member groups.
After constitutional meetings since 1990, the Federation was officially launched in August 1993. For now, there are 10 member groups. Thus, 10 European countries are represented in EFSPI and can be reached by mailings organized by the respective national groups.