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Dear colleague,

We urgently need your help.

The Planning Commission of the Federal Government has set up a group of experts

to support their workforce on pharmacists and pharmaceutical technical assistants in Belgium. UPIP-VAPI has been contacted as expert to represent the pharmacists of the pharmaceutical industry.

Mounir Rizowsky and I attended the first webex with statisticians of the Federal Government to support the analysis and interpretation of data on the Belgian pharmacists.

We received the following question as homework, for which we require your urgent input:

The Federal Government would like to classify the self-employed pharmacists per sector (pharmacy - hospital pharmacy - pharmaceutical distribution and industry), but does not have access to sufficient data on these activities.

If this is not possible or there is too much doubt, we are forced to limit the information regarding their self-employed activity to the level of PA (= various activities).

We would like to use the NACE codes as basis for classification. In annex we added a list of NACE codes per function. For clarification, these are NACE codes linked to the activity sector of the self-employed person and not to the company or institution in which the pharmacist is working in.

Your tasks:

Task 1 (most urgent): Can you please send us the NACE codes of your company that you have registered for your pharma activities. If possible with some explanation why, i.e. the type of activities. Also please indicate which NACE code best describes your main activity.

You can use this exercise also to have a look at the NACE codes (see annexNace List) and see if there aren’t any that would be (more) suitable to your activities. Please also let these know, e.g.

74.909 Overige gespecialiseerde wetenschappelijke en technische activiteiten

86.909  Autres activités pour la santé humaine n.c.a.

Task 2 (optional):

Can you run through the list of NACE codes in Tableau 15 in the “No Info” column, and indicate which NACE code you would:

  • Certainly leave in, because this can be linked to a pharmaceutical activity of self-employed pharmacists
  • Certainly remove, because it is NOT at all a pharmaceutical activity of self-employed pharmacists.

In this way we can get the pharmacists of the industry out of the “No Info” column of the NACE list and make them appear as a separate group in the document.

Please send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 14th of August. Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Best regards,


Frank Peeters


T. +32 (0)479 299103



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EIPG2019 1This year, the General Assembly (GA) of the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG) took place in Budapest (Hungary) from 24 May to 26 May 2019. Alexia Rensonnet and Thomas Lion (board members and EIPG delegates) represented the Belgian Association.
The GA started with a scientific symposium entitled “Crossing the bridge: A current overview of the Falsified Medicines Directive” with five different speakers from the EFPIA, EIPG, Hungarian associations and companies. Piero Iamartino from EIPG presented the draft of the guidance on “Safety features implementation and QP responsibilities”.

During the GA, the Belgian Association UPIP-VAPI was mentioned several times and recognized for its pertinent contribution to the work of EIPG; for instance, for the review of QP code of conduct, a part concerning the good distribution practices (GDP) was added thanks to Belgium or for the contribution to the newsletter from EIPG in February. Moreover, Belgium is also well represented among the members visiting EIPG website or taking part in the proposed webinars.EIPG2019 2
During the GA, two working groups were also organized on Saturday. The first was entitled: “Professional Codes of Conduct and Legislation Requirements” and discussed the following question “What is the position of the industrial pharmacist in today’s industry?” and compared the requirements in the legislation for the different positions in the pharmaceutical industry in function of the countries in the European Union. For example, in the Belgian legislation, the role of the pharmacist is well mentioned and described which is not the case in all other countries. The goal of the discussion was to determine “How can we defend the pharmacist further in the European regulation?”.

The second was entitled: “Competences and Industrial Pharmacy Education” and considered the competences needed for the industrial pharmacist in the future following the new trends in the industry.

On the last day, Belgium presented to the other countries the activities organized by our association (UPIP-VAPI is one of the most active European associations) but also the hot topics in Belgium in our sector: drug shortages and the new Belgian law, the implementation of the falsified medicines directive in our country with the transition period, the increase of clinical trials and the pressure on the solidarity health insurance.

The next GA will take place in Leiden in May 2020.


FAGG-AFMPS is issuing its annual report that you can discover in the documents attached on the links below.

The minutes of the Strategies & Qualification methodologies for Visual Inspection meeting

The minutes are here (pdf)

A survey on potential future role for pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry

Our Newsletter is available !

Read it now!

UPIP-VAPI was a union of industrial pharmacists, but in the meantime has adjusted its statutes to become a platform for all pharmacists active in the pharmaceutical industry and for those interested in its activities.

Mounir Rizovsky (Vice-President) and Thomas Lion (Board member and EIPG delegate) represented UPIP-VAPI at the last EIPG General Assembly in Malta on 20th and 21st May.