58th AESGP Annual Meeting - report published

The 58th AESGP Annual Meeting – the annual gathering of the self-care sector in Europe – was held on 7-8 June in Madrid, Spain. The Annual Meeting was the first face-to-face AESGP conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought together industry leaders and representatives of partner organisations and decision-makers to explore key trends that are transforming the landscape of the self-care industry. Two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to live in a world full of uncertainties. The AESGP Annual Meeting thus explored how to support innovation in these challenging times and how to translate these challenges and uncertainties into opportunities for the self-care sector.

Key takeaways

The 58th AESGP Annual Meeting has offered interesting discussions on how the self-care industry should tackle the challenges of uncertain times and take advantage offered by the continuously shifting landscape.

  • Participants were provided with an overview of the self-care market trends, which recovered from the impact of COVID-19. The new connected consumer is increasingly looking for information on the internet and companies are encouraged to utilise this channel to provide better information to consumers and ensure a better consumer experience overall. It is an opportunity to empower consumers and better address their needs and expectations.
  • Uncertain times increase creativity and innovation. As evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry and regulators can cooperate successfully and thereby creating an environment that delivers better solutions for patients and consumers.
  • Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of political and policy discussions in the EU as well as a strategic priority for Industry. Furthermore, consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of products and Industries.
  • As a crucial part of supporting self-care, advertising importantly contributes to health literacy and consumer empowerment to practice responsible self-care. Advertising provides a unique opportunity to work together with different stakeholders, in particular community pharmacists, to encourage behavioural changes and empower responsible self-care.

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