Here you will find all information relevant to OTC medicines, from codes and guidance, to training workshops.
This workshop gives you an overview of the self-regulatory system for OTC medicines advertising and how this applies to your campaigns.
Here you will find all information relevant to medical devices, from codes and guidance, to training workshops.
This workshop gives you an overview of the rules around advertising medical devices and provides practical advice on keeping your campaigns compliant.
Here you will find all information relevant to food supplements, from codes and guidance, to training workshops.
Find out what regulations apply to food supplements products and what this means for your brands.
Access the latest PAGB news, regulatory updates and news and views from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service.
Read our latest media statements released in response to media issues affecting the consumer healthcare industry (members only).
Find out about PAGB’s policy positions, including the latest updates, resources and PAGB activity.
This report showcases the current and potential impact of OTC usage in the UK.
We are the only trade association representing the interests of manufacturers of branded OTC medicines, self-care medical devices and food supplements in the UK.
Find out more about PAGB, our strategy and our Board.
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We’re supporting our members to implement more sustainable processes, systems and materials to limit the impact of the consumer healthcare industry on the environment. On this page, you’ll find more information about our work on some of the key environmental and sustainability issues impacting the OTC sector, and our latest resources for members.
Our health, our healthcare and our environment are inextricably linked. The consumer healthcare industry recognises that we all have a responsibility to act now to limit the impact of climate change on the environment.
Our industry, like many, is tied to processes, systems and materials that impact the environment. We are fully committed to supporting our members to implement more sustainable alternatives wherever possible, whilst ensuring that over-the-counter medicines remain accessible for all those who need them to self-care.
Our overall objective is to support the UK consumer healthcare industry to deliver environmentally sustainable self-care in line with the Global Self Care Federation Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care and UK Government’s net zero by 2050 commitment, which includes NHS Net Zero targets.
We are working with a variety of stakeholders at both the UK, EU and International level.
In the UK we are collaborating with other trade associations, government bodies and local partners to ensure that the OTC industry is represented in discussions and helping to find solutions where needed. We are ensuring that our members are aware of local initiatives and requirements relating to the environment such as:
PAGB is a member of AESGP, the association representing the self-care industry across Europe, which has brought its members together to address environmental issues for consumer healthcare, including microplastics and medicine disposal. We are closely involved in the ongoing work that they undertake and feed into the policy via the board and respective working groups at the EU level.
We also sit on the board of the Global Self Care Federation (GSCF), which is driving the issue at a global level via the Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care, which was developed together with industry associations and manufacturers in the consumer healthcare industry. Our shared goal is to minimise the impact of medicines on the environment while safeguarding access to effective treatments for consumers. Our team has fed into the global regulatory working groups involved in this work.
In line with the GSCF charter, we have made a series of commitments across the charter’s three priority areas. These include commitments to support our members with the implementation of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, working to promote the importance of the pharmacy take-back scheme as the correct way to dispose of out-of-date or unused medicines in the UK, and working to reduce our own CO2 footprint. You can download our pledge here and read more about our 2023 update on our commitments below.
We have focused on:
• Providing reminders, updates, and links to PAGB members.
• PAGB Environmental Working Group established.
• Inputting into cross industry plastic / recycling initiatives including GSCF work on plastics.
• Working with key stakeholders such as DHSC and MHRA to support members with the introduction of new labelling requirements for recycling information.
• Inputting into relevant consultations, working with other Trade Associations where relevant.
• Participating in the cross-industry UK ePI Task Force which is working to secure the transition from printed PILs to electronic alternatives with the potential benefits that brings to the environment
We have been working on:
• Influencing policy development in the UK and the EU via our expert consultant.
• Providing members with updates on policy developments in EU and UK.
• Attended cross-industry meeting with Defra and UK Environment Agency.
• Working with Baroness Bennett on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment involving a private members’ bill in the House of Lords.
We are continually striving to reduce our office CO2 Footprint including:
• Using less plastic.
• Reduce, reuse and recycle.
• Using renewable energy.
• Reviewing our banking and pension plans to ensure they promote sustainability.
We continue to provide our members with up to date environment and sustainability information via a number of different means. These include:
We plan to have our next meeting of the working group by end of March 2024, where members will be able to hear further updates on the work PAGB is undertaking.
PAGB members can sign up for regular updates on environment and sustainability news, issues and policies.