Growing support for shared ethical principles from healthcare and medicines providers



- The InternationalHospital Federation (IHF) and the International Generic Pharmaceutical  Alliance (IGPA) endorse efforts by organizations representingpatients, health professionals and R&D pharma to recognize common ethical principles  worldwide when delivering solutions to address patients’ needs.

- Global movement fostering ethical practices  celebrates first anniversary of its Consensus Framework, showing progress at  national level.

- The Consensus Framework can be referred to by  health providers and has the potential to impact millions of patients worldwide.


Geneva, 26  January 2015 –The InternationalHospital Federation (IHF) and the International Generic Pharmaceutical  Alliance (IGPA) today endorsed efforts by founding partners of the Consensus  Framework for Ethical Collaboration topromote common  ethical principles worldwide when delivering solutions to address patients’  needs.


This  endorsements fall on the first anniversary of the Consensus Framework when  partners met on the fringe of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting  to celebrate implementation of the framework at national level. Countries  currently looking to build a set of joint national ethical health practices  inspired by the Consensus Framework include Austria, Belarus,Canada,China,Japan,  Mexico, Russia,Philippines,Thailand, and theUnited Kingdom.


Signatories of the Consensus Framework comprise the  International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), International Council  of Nurses (ICN), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and  Associations (IFPMA), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the  World Medical Association (WMA).

“The  Consensus Framework has today become stronger as its provision can now apply across the whole healthcare community”,  said Dr. Xavier Deau, President of the WMA. “Actions undertaken under the  Framework will guide interactions between millions of patients and nurses,  pharmacists, doctors, dentists and hospitals, as well as the  research-based and generic pharmaceutical industries worldwide”, added Stephen McMahon, Interim  Chief Executive Officer, IAPO.


Today’s endorsements  also coincide with the establishment of the Consensus Framework Endorsement  Guidelines.The Framework does not override existing individual  codes and guidelines; instead, it highlights and reinforces the existing  commitments held by each individual organization. By endorsing the Framework, collaborating  organizations, like IGPA and IHF, commit both at global and national levels to  ethical conduct and interactions that uphold high standards and integrity to  ensure the well-being of patients worldwide. The Consensus Framework is  voluntary and has no formal enforcement mechanism.


“All signatory partners share the objective of delivering high-quality  healthcare to patients worldwide in a transparent and accountable way”, said Eduardo  Pisani, Director General of IFPMA. “We are glad that other key healthcare  delivery providers endorse the commitment to ethical, open, and informed  decision-making and action. This will result in stronger accountability of the  whole healthcare sector”, Dr David C. Benton, Chief Executive Officer of ICN and  Luc Besan?on, General Secretary and CEO of FIP added.


About FIP

The International  Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national  associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official  relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).With 132 member organisations  FIP represents and serves more than three million experts in medicines and  their responsible use around the world. Its mission is to improve global health  by advancing pharmacy practice and science to enable better discovery,  development, access to and safe use of appropriate, cost-effective, quality  medicines worldwide.


About IAPO

IAPO is a global  alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas  and promoting patient-centred healthcare worldwide. Our members are patients’  organizations working at the local, national, regional and international levels  to represent and support patients, their families and carers. IAPO has over 200  members which span over 60 countries and 60 disease areas and through its  membership represents an estimated 365 million patients worldwide.


About ICN

The International  Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses  associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses  and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all  and sound health policies globally.



IFPMA represents the  research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The  research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees research, develop  and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide.  Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and  contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find  solutions that improve global health.


About WMA

The World Medical  Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. The  organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work  for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians,  at all times. The purpose of the WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to  achieve the highest international standards in Medical Education, Medical  Science, Medical Art and Medical Ethics, and Health Care for all people in the  world.



For further information, please contact:

FIP - International Pharmaceutical Federation

Lin-Nam Wang

+31 70 302 1987  


IAPO - International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations

Ian Ford

+44 20 7250 8280  


ICN - International Council of Nurses

Lindsey Williamson

+41 22 908-0124  


IFPMA - International Federation of Pharmaceutical  Manufacturers and Associations

Mario Ottiglio

+41 22 338 32 00  


EGA – European Generic Medicines Association

Doris Casares

+32 2 239 20 11


IHF - InternationalHospital Federation

Sara Parazzi

+41 22 850 94 20  


WMA - World Medical Association

Nigel Duncan

+44 (0) 20 8997 3653


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