The following principles for pharmaceutical companies are seen by the ABPI as key to how we operate as an industry and build trust and enhance our reputation. Companies are expected to implement and work to embed these into their organisation.
Patients are at the heart of our industry. We aspire to ensure that everything we do will ultimately benefit patients. Our primary contribution to society is to research and develop high quality medicines and to encourage their appropriate and rational use. Patient safety is paramount.
Ethical relationships with stakeholders are critical to our mission of helping patients, guiding the appropriate use of our medicines and ensuring the appropriate and timely exchange of scientific information.
An important guide for such ethical relationships is adherence to the ABPI Code of Practice which, among other things, sets the standards and drives an ethical culture in the industry. This is delivered through self-regulation. Our industry, and the individuals within it, are committed to supporting that culture, working within both the letter and the spirit of the ABPI Code and all relevant laws and regulations.
In adhering to the ABPI Code, we follow four key principles: