Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union

Members Area


How PGEU Operates

The PGEU has a Secretariat located in Brussels with a staff of five people who coordinate the daily work of the association.

The PGEU holds a General Assembly three times per year (March, June and November) to which all members and observer members are invited to participate. PGEU holds an Annual Symposium which takes place immediately after or before the June General Assembly.The PGEU has a management board known as the Executive Committee whose members are representatives of PGEU member organisations.

The Presidency of the PGEU changes on an annual basis by the way of a rotation system among members. To facilitate the work of the PGEU in giving advice and formulating proposals in many different policy areas relevant to community pharmacy and public health, a number of PGEU Working Groups have been established.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the association which decides on all important matters including PGEU policy decisions and the annual budget. The General Assembly meets three times per year and all ordinary members and observer members delegations attend.

Policy proposals are developed by the Working Groups in collaboration with the Secretariat, and the Executive Committee presents policy proposals to the General Assembly with its recommendations for action.

PGEU Annual Symposium

PGEU holds a Symposium every year the day before/after the June General Assembly.

The Symposium features expert speakers from the world of pharmacy, the European institutions, national authorities, academia and patient groups.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee:

The chair of the Executive Committee is the President.

Currently the Executive Committee consists of 8 members:

EXCO Members 2017



The President is elected by the national delegations.








Pharm. D. Rajesh Patel (UK) is PGEU President for 2017.

Mr. Patel studied pharmacy at Manchester University and a year after qualifying he bought his first pharmacy. Raj now owns 17 community pharmacies in England and is on the Board of Management of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).

Raj has excelled in serving the pharmacy profession at all levels, from serving his local community through his pharmacy, to representing the profession at both the European and Global level. Raj was included in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2013 for Services to Pharmacy.


First Vice President







Silviu Constantinescu (Romania)


Working Groups

The PGEU has to give advice and formulate proposals in many different policy areas relevant to community pharmacy and public health.
To facilitate this work, the Executive Committee or the General Assembly can propose the establishment of a working group to deal with specific issues.

The working group members are experts appointed by PGEU members. The working groups provide additional technical expertise to the Secretariat in developing policy proposals, which are then presented by the Executive Committee to the General Assembly for approval.

The following working groups are currently active:

Advisory Working Group (AWG)

The AWG is the main consultative body of the PGEU, covering wide range of policy areas and is currently the key forum for discussion and development of PGEU policy papers.

European Pharmacists' Professional Forum (formally PIWG)

The European Pharmacists' Professional Forum deals with professional issues, including issues related to mobility of pharmacists, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, education and training of pharmacists, patient safety, pharmacy practice, collaboration with other stakeholders, etc.

Economics Working Group (EconWG)

This working group discusses current economic issues affecting pharmacies.