International Conference on Harmonisation
of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals
for Human Use
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Welcome to the Official Web Site for ICH

The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) is a unique project that brings together the regulatory authorities of Europe, Japan and the United States and experts from the pharmaceutical industry in the three regions to discuss scientific and technical aspects of product registration.

The purpose is to make recommendations on ways to achieve greater harmonisation in the interpretation and application of technical guidelines and requirements for product registration in order to reduce or obviate the need to duplicate the testing carried out during the research and development of new medicines. The objective of such harmonisation is a more economical use of human, animal and material resources, and the elimination of unnecessary delay in the global development and availability of new medicines whilst maintaining safeguards on quality, safety and efficacy, and regulatory obligations to protect public health. This Mission is embodied in the Terms of Reference of ICH.

Structure of ICH
ICH Steering Committee and Expert Working Groups
ICH Process for Harmonisation of Guidelines
ICH Topics and Guidelines
ICH 4 : Closing Report of the ICH4 Meeting in Brussels, 16-18 July 1997
ICH News  MSSO Appointed for MedDRA
The History and Future of ICH

The ICH Secretariat can be contacted on ich@ifpma.org.

ICH Secretariat, c/o IFPMA, 30 rue de St-Jean, P.O. Box 9, 1211 Geneva 18, Switzerland

Tel: +41 (22) 340 1200, Telefax: +41 (22) 345 8275