Monthly Newsletter August 2015

The EFMC Position Paper

In February 2013, EFMC organised a workshop bringing together EFMC’s key stakeholders including the Council, the various committee members and the next generation of leaders, to engage in a dialogue about strategic initiatives EFMC needs to push to best serve the medicinal chemistry community in Europe and across the world.

Among the different topics discussed, two of them stood out for the unanimous agreement on their importance and strategic relevance: ‘Influence on European Science Policy’ and ‘Visibility and Recognition of Medicinal Chemistry’. Specific working groups were established to cover these two subjects and asked to develop ideas and come up with concrete proposals for implementation. Several initiatives targeting the broader public have already been successfully put into practice: the EFMC-ISMC press conference in Lisbon, which will be repeated in subsequent EFMC major events, and the ‘Why Medicinal Chemistry?’ video competition. Influence on EU policy is a major and challenging enterprise and several realistic approaches are currently being evaluated.

In this context, the need for a Position Paper with a short but comprehensive definition of Medicinal Chemistry was rapidly identified. This one page document could be easily turned into communication material for the EFMC and all its members and also used as a presentation card of our discipline in discussions for instance with European authorities and decision makers. We are glad to present in this special edition of MedChemWatch the Position Paper edited and approved by the Executive Committee and the Council of the EFMC. We hope it will be an useful tool for our Medicinal Chemistry community and rest open to your comments and proposals.

EFMC Position Paper on Medicinal Chemistry



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