Voice of the European Self-Care Industry

The Association of the European Self-Care Industry (AESGP) is the voice of the manufacturers of non-prescription medicines, food supplements and self-care medical devices in Europe, also referred to as self-care or consumer healthcare products.

Voice of the European Self-Care Industry

Our mission

We aspire to lead and champion self-care, with the mission to advance responsible self-care so that citizens can take better care of their health needs, thereby contributing to the sustainability of European healthcare systems. We fulfil our mission by bringing together our membership and by meaningfully engaging with policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders. 

Our strategy
Voice of the European Self-Care Industry

Key facts

  • More than 2,000 companies operate in the consumer healthcare sector in Europe, 1,000 of which are small and medium-sized (SMEs). They are affiliated with AESGP directly or indirectly through the national associations. 
  • ~9.7 billion packs of non-prescription medicines and 1 billion packs of minerals and vitamins were bought by Europeans in 2019 with an aim to improve their health and contribute to their wellbeing. 
  • Ailments that can be managed with self-care products typically include allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, cuts, bites & rashes, cough & cold, pain. 
  • Almost 1 out of 2 packs of medicines dispensed in European community pharmacies has a non-prescription status
  • Collectively, there are more than 200 active pharmaceutical ingredients (INN) available without prescription in Europe. 
  • More than 4,000 different healthcare products are available OTC.
Voice of the European Self-Care Industry

Why ‘AESGP’?

‘AESGP’ stands for ‘Association Européenne des Spécialités Pharmaceutiques Grand Public’ (fr). ‘European Association of Consumer Pharmaceutical Specialties’, if you translate literally, or ‘Association of the European Self-Care Industry’, as we call ourselves. 

Not many people remember, but it all started in Paris in 1964, hence the French name. AESGP has been around for more than 50 years and we hope it will do as many more. We believe our name is easily recognisable in the European bubble and we rarely need to explain what it stands for.

Interested in knowing more about our history? 

Read more