APIs (Active Pharmaceutical
Ingredients) are responsible
for the therapeutic effect
of formulated drugs (medicines)

What are APIs?

APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) are responsible for the therapeutic effect of formulated drugs (medicines). APIs are produced through highly technological industrial processes during their research as well as their development and commercial production.
Europe has traditionally had a very strong and important API manufacturing base with a high level of technical competence.

Components of medicines

All medicines are composed of two main components: the API, which is the central ingredient, and the excipient, the substance in the formulation that helps to take or apply the drug. The excipients are inactive substances, such as mineral oil, and are not chemically active.

Safety First

The mission of active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers is to provide patients and healthcare professionals with premium pharmaceutical ingredients for their medicines, thus ensuring the availability, affordability and proper choice of pharmaceutical products that help promote quality of life.

This mission can only be achieved by levelling the global playing field, through an effective industrial policy for the API sector, which contributes to improve its competitiveness and high quality standards.

In Europe and beyond

The API market is a global business integrated into the pharmaceutical supply chain, in which APIs are the most important components in terms of clinical efficacy and value.

Industrial policies

An effective industrial policy for active pharmaceutical ingredients should improve the competitiveness of the API industry in Spain and the EU, as well as facilitate its better access to other geographical areas.

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