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Who we are and what we do

​​​​​The Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA) is the self-regulatory body which administers the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (ABPI) Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry independently of the ABPI. It is a not-for-profit body which was established by the ABPI on 1 January 1993. 


  • operates the complaints procedure under which the materials and activities of pharmaceutical companies are considered in relation to the requirements of the Code
  • provides advice and guidance on the Code
  • provides training on the Code
  • arranges conciliation between pharmaceutical companies when requested to do so
  • scrutinises samples of advertising and meetings to check their compliance with the Code.
The PMCPA is a division of the ABPI which is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, 
No 09826787. Registered office: 7th Floor, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London ​SW1E 6QT.
For more information about the PMCPA see: ​​​Leaflet about the Authority Jan 2016.pdf