May 27, 2016
ISPE’s offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.

May 27, 2016
We have heard a number of reports of ISPE members receiving emails and calls claiming to be from ISPE President Sonia Hernandez-Diaz. Any call or email from ISPE or Dr. Hernandez-Diaz asking for travel money is fraudulent. Do not respond or answer. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or information.

May 27, 2016
ISPE recently participated in an FDA listening session on an Oncology Virtual Center of Excellence. The FDA Commissioner called the session together to enhance collaboration on the project both within and out of FDA. Please see a summary of the meeting here. If you would like to provide comments or ask some specific questions about the project, please email Wei Zhou and Jennifer Lund. The deadline for comments is June 15, 2016.

May 20, 2016
The European Medicines Agency published the annual report of 2015. The report focuses on the Agency’s core tasks which include the evaluation of medicines, support to research and development of new and innovative treatments and the monitoring of the benefits and risks of medicines in real life. The annual report is available by clicking here.

May 18, 2016
In June 2015, the following draft paper was approved by the ISPE Executive Committee for member comment: Principles for Effective Academia-Industry Collaboration in Pharmacoepidemiology. At that time, comments were solicited from members through a website that has since been purchased by another company. Unfortunately, because of that change of ownership, the original comments received about the manuscript were lost. ISPE believes it is essential that all comments submitted be considered as part of the final paper; this email is a call for new or previously submitted comments on the manuscript.

Click here to read the manuscript and provide your comments. Simply click on the text where you want to make a comment and provide your comments in the box. You first must submit your email address at the top of the page before you can enter your comments. If you saved your previous comments, please resubmit them.

DEADLINE for comments — June 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET US

May 18, 2016
Scholarship notifications for ICPE applicants have been emailed. Please contact our office at if you have any questions about the notifications.

May 18, 2016
A preliminary agenda for the 32nd ICPE has been posted on the ICPE website. Click here to view the preliminary agenda and begin planning your trip to Ireland.

May 3, 2016
The European Medicines Agency has released for public consultation a reflection paper on collecting and reporting information on off-label use in pharmacovigilance. The document open for consultation is available by clicking here. Comments should be provided using this template. The completed comments form should be sent to The deadline for comments is 29 July 2016.

April 29, 2016
ISPE is pleased to announce that it is accepting host proposals for the 2018 and 2019 Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology. Please visit this link for more information and details. All proposals must be received by October 2016

April 26, 2016
In the next few weeks, ISPE will be sending out notification emails regarding scholarship applications for the meeting. Please keep an eye on your email for these notifications and contact us if you have any questions.

April 25, 2016
Notifications for the 32nd ICPE oral and poster presentations have been emailed to the individual listed as contact author. In some cases, the contact author may be different than the individual who actually submitted the abstract. Please note: the person who electronically submitted the abstract is the one who can view the notification letter on the site using his/her username and password. If the contact author is different from the individual who submitted the abstract, it is only the person who submitted the abstract who can view the notification letter. If you have any questions, please contact the ISPE office.

April 20, 2016
During the ISPE Board of Directors' meeting at the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting in April, the Board approved the newest slate of FISPEs and reviewed the results of the recent Board election. ISPE is pleased to share the results of this year's election:

  • Jesper Hallas, FISPE, President Elect
  • Lisa Pont, FISPE, Academic (Asia/Pacific)
  • Jennita Reefhuis, Government & Regulatory (Americas)
  • June Raine, Government/Regulatory (Europe/Africa)
  • Rachel Sobel, FISPE, Industry/Service Provider (Americas)
  • Dorothee Bartels, Industry/Service Provider (Europe/Africa)
The new officer and directors will be installed during the 2016 ICPE in Dublin, IE this August.
Thank you to the ISPE members who agreed to stand for election and for those who participated in the voting.

April 19, 2016
ISPE is pleased to share the 2016 class of Fellows of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. Our new Fellows will be recognized at the 32nd ICPE in Dublin, IE:

  • John Acquavella, FISPE
  • Krista Huybrechts, FISPE
  • Tamar Lasky, FISPE
  • Danica Marinac-Dabic, FISPE
  • Irene Petersen, FISPE
  • Maribel Salas, FISPE
  • Rachel Sobel, FISPE
  • Jasmanda Wu, FISPE

April 15, 2016
The European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilence Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has adopted the final rules of procedure for public hearings to be held by the Committee. Please see the press release for more information.

March 28, 2016
ISPE is saddened to share the news of the passing of John Urquhart, FISPE. Please read here an obituary that friends of Dr. Urquart published in NRC, a major newspaper.

February 17, 2016
The abstract submission module for the 2016 ICPE is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract. Initial notifications will be emailed to submitters by late April.

February 5, 2016
The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences has announced the appointment of Dr. Lembit Rögo as its new Secretary-General. See more about the announcement here.

February 4, 2016
The European Medicines Agency, in order to implement the strategic priorities of establishing a greater collaboration with Academia, is initiating a consultation process. Read here for more information. Those interested in weighing in can do so by taking the online survey; the deadline is April 15, 2016.

January 20, 2016
Emails have gone out inviting ISPE members to serve as abstract reviewers and moderators at the 32nd ICPE in Dublin, Ireland. To participate, you must have a current ISPE membership (dues paid through June 30, 2016). If you have any questions about the invitation or did not receive one, please contact Coe-Truman International at 217.398.1792 or by email at

January 11, 2016
The Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics is offering a webinar on Geographic Information Systems in Epidemiology and Public Health. Click here to learn more; please note space is limited.

January 7, 2016
Once again, ISPE is offering a Newcomer Track for first-time submitters to ICPE. The deadline to submit an abstract for the Newcomer Track is January 15, 2016. Click here for more information.

January 6, 2016
The Call for Reviewers for the 2016 ICPE will be going out within the next few weeks; emails seeking reviewers and containing instructions will be coming from Coe-Truman. Abstract reviewers MUST be current ISPE members (not an ISPE member? Join here).