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  • Market Data
  • Med & Food Data Banks
  • Partnership
  • Membership
  • Medical Devices

Faqs

  • Why is some information missing?

    Depending on the national market characteristics and the methodology and source of information used by the associations reporting the data, it may be observed that sales figures for non-prescription medicines or the self-medication market are not available or not possible to estimate.

  • At which price level are figures presented?

    Figures are presented at the price level at which they were reported by the countries. Sales figures are presented at consumer price level, unless otherwise noted. Presentation at a price level different than consumer price means that available information did not allow the estimation of the market at this price level.

  • What are the definitions for “non-prescription medicines market” and “self-medication market” used here?

    “Non-prescription medicines market” represents the total sales of medicines with a non-prescription status/legal classification.

    “Self-medication market” represents the sales of non-prescription medicines purchased directly by consumers without the use of a medical prescription.

  • What is the source of the figures presented here?

    Sales figures from European markets are collected mainly in collaboration with member associations of AESGP, IMS Health and national authorities.

  • Who shall I contact if I have a question or need assistance?

    For assistance, please contact info@aesgp.eu.

  • Is there a trial version or trial period for the Food and Med Data Banks?

    We don’t offer trial period / trial access to the Food and Med Data Banks. Detailed information on the content of each data bank can be found on their respective pages.

  • How often are the Food and Med Data Banks updated?

    Information presented in the databases is based on data provided mainly by AESGP and GSCF member associations. It is reviewed and updated annually.

  • Is my access to the data bank(s) automatically renewed?

    No, it is not. Upon expiration of your access, you will receive a reminder email inviting you to renew or cancel your subscription.

  • Is the subscription valid for 12 months independent the starting date or is it necessary to pay every year independently?

    The subscription is for a period of 12 months (independent the starting date). After this period, you will receive a reminder email inviting you to renew or cancel your subscription.

  • Not eligible for AESGP partnership? Let's stay in touch nonetheless!

    If you are not eligible for a partnership with AESGP, you can follow us on our social media pages to stay tuned for news and upcoming events in the field of self-care.

  • How much does it cost to be a partner?

    For more information on partnership fees, please contact us.

  • What are the requirements to be a partner?

    You can apply for partnership if you offer, or could offer, services to AESGP or its members in the areas such as advertising, PR, regulatory affairs, marketing, sales and distribution, etc. and if you commit to AESGP mission.

  • Why become a partner?

    Your company will receive recognition on our website and other publications throughout the year. As a partner of our association, you can support us in formulating our opinions and positions, and benefit from a wide range of services, including:

    • Meeting your existing and potential European partners from the self-care industry
    • Expand your business opportunities, your contact network and promote your products and services at AESGP events
    • Benefiting from the latest information on current and future trends that affect the self-care industry
    • Engage in our policy areas and shape the environment the self-care industry operates in
  • How to become a partner?

    Companies wishing to apply for partnership shall apply in writing to AESGP giving the following information:

    • A letter stating that the company wants to join AESGP
    • The letter shall be addressed to AESGP President
    • The letter shall state your company’s objectives, in particular in the area of self-care

    The application will be reviewed by the AESGP board at their next meeting.

  • Not eligible for AESGP direct membership? Let's stay in touch nonetheless!

    If you are not eligible for direct membership within AESGP, you can still be represented within AESGP via the national association of the country where your company is based. Or you can check if you are eligible for a partnership with AESGP.

    You can also follow us on our social media pages: this way you can stay tuned for news and upcoming events in the field of consumer healthcare products.

  • How much does it cost to be a member?

    For more information on membership fees, please contact us.

  • What are the requirements to be an Associate member?

    If you are not eligible for Full Membership, you can apply to be an Associate Member if you are:

    • A national association located in Europe and representing self-care medical devices and/or food supplements, unless one of those categories is already represented by a Full Member.
    • A manufacturer of proprietary non-prescription medicines and/or food supplements and/or self-care medical devices in Europe, and are in membership of national associations that are Full or Associate Members in all the countries in which they are present.
  • What are the requirements to be a Full member?

    You can apply to be a Full Member if you are:

    • A national association located in Europe and representing consumer healthcare products manufacturers. Only one association per country is allowed.
    • A manufacturer of proprietary non-prescription medicines that meets the following requirements:
      • You are present in a majority of European countries by placing your products on the market,
      • and you are in the membership of all the national associations in Full Membership of AESGP in those countries where you are present. Presence on the market is understood as having an affiliate active in a country.
  • Why become a member?

    As the voice of the consumer health industry, AESGP provides many benefits to its members. We represent our member’s voice at the European level on cross-cutting issues.

    Here is an overview of some of the benefits in being member of AESGP:

    • Keep up with the latest news in the sector thanks to regular mailings relaying information and regulatory intelligence from the European institutions and other bodies
    • Access and contribute expertise
    • Have the opportunity to share the association’s/company’s views on the topics/issues covered by AESGP
    • Get more visibility and be invited to meetings organised by the different European authorities on topics covered by AESGP
    • Be part of a strong network, with a lot of networking opportunities
    • Receive the monthly AESGP Newsletter to have a good understanding of the wider AESGP activities and general regulatory and policy developments
    • Access the AESGP Med Data Bank and the AESGP Food Data Bank free of charge
  • How to become a member?

    Associations or companies wishing to apply for Full or Associate membership shall apply in writing to AESGP giving the following information:

    • A letter stating that the association/company wants to join AESGP
    • The letter shall be addressed to AESGP President
    • If you are a company, it is advisable to state your company’s objectives, in particular in the area of self-care, as well as to mention its brand portfolio.
    • If you are a national association, it is advisable to state your objectives and the estimated number of members

    The application will be reviewed by the AESGP board at their next meeting.

  • By when do self-care medical devices need to comply with Regulation 2017/745?

    Regulation 2017/745 will fully apply from 26 May 2020. Hence, from that date all medical devices, including self-care medical devices, must comply with the provisions of the Regulation. However, subject to certain conditions transitional periods allow medical devices with a certificate obtained under the current legislative framework to be placed on the market at the latest until 26 May 2024.

  • What are the changes introduced by Regulation 2017/745 concerning self-care medical devices?

    Apart from general changes that affect all types of medical devices, such as improved transparency through a comprehensive EU database on medical devices and a device traceability system based on unique device identification or strengthening of post-market surveillance requirements for manufacturers, Regulation 2017/745 expressly recognizes substance-based medical devices. In particular, classification rule 21 addresses specifically medical devices composed of substances or of combinations of substances.

  • What is the difference between self-care medical devices and (non-prescription) medicines?

    The main difference between self-care medical devices and (non-prescription) medicines concerns the mode of action. Self-care medical devices achieve their principal intended action by chemico-physical means whereas (non-prescription) medicines act by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means.