This area of the PIPA website has been developed as a resource for individuals working within Pharmacovigilance.

Pharmacovigilance is the process of:

  • Monitoring medicines as used in everyday practice to identify previously unrecognised adverse effects or changes in the patterns of adverse effects
  • Assessing the risks and benefits of medicines in order to determine what action, if any, is necessary to improve their safe use
  • Providing information to users to optimise safe and effective use of medicines
  • Monitoring the impact of any action taken. As such this is a highly specialised role and many companies recruit separately for pharmacovigilance professionals whilst others combine the role with Medical Information.

The information and resources provided by PIPA for pharmacovigilance professionals are developed and maintained by the PV Compliance Workstream, who can be contacted via

Further information about the PIPA workstreams can be found at: