Saturday, January 18, 2014

ISID-PHFI National Workshop-cum-Conference on Pharmaceutical Policies in India: Balancing Industrial and Public Health Interests; 3-7 March; New Delhi

National Workshop-cum-Conference on Pharmaceutical Policies in India: Balancing Industrial and Public Health Interests

3-7 March 2014

Venue: Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi


The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) will co-host this five day workshop-cum-conference. It includes several plenary and technical sessions with a focus on industrial policy-health interface. Several national experts, policy makers, civil society groups, academia and media would participate in the five day deliberations. The workshop-cum-conference is expected to deliberate and discuss the ways and means of strengthening the pharmaceutical policies in India and the key challenges it faces.

The three day workshop followed by two day conference is expected to be held during 3-7th March, 2014, at the Conference Hall, ISID Compus, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The three day workshop will feature six expert presentations in the forenoon sessions while the post-lunch sessions are likely to be set aside for hands-on training in evidence gathering and data crunching in the area of pharmaceuticals. The hands-on training is intended to address current technical-deficit in the area of pharmaceutical policy landscape and equip research scholars and civil society members to intervene effectively in the policy arena. The two-day conference will feature 32 invited presentations by experts from policy-makers, civil society, academia, and industry leaders. The conference objective is to bring various stake-holders in the area of pharmaceuticals to debate and address current policy concerns.

Some of the broad themes of the workshop-cum-conference would include:

i) Access to medicines: Policies and institutions for availability, rationality, quality and affordability including medicines pricing;

ii) Local production of drugs and pharmaceuticals;

iii) Promotion and marketing of medicines;

iv) R&D, innovation and intellectual property rights; and

v) Investment in drugs and pharmaceuticals. 

Specific issues underlying these themes are expected to focus on the implications for both industrial development and access to essential medicines.

Participants of the workshop-cum-conference will be selected based on the qualifications, experience and interest in the area of public health and pharmaceuticals and on first-come-first-served basis. Research scholars pursuing M.Phil. and Ph.D. in various disciplines in universities/research institutions and mid-level professionals in civil society organizations are encouraged to apply. Participants whose applications are accepted for workshop-cum-conference, the host will make efforts to financially support economically challenged participants for their travel, boarding and lodging. 

The final date of application submission is February 10, 2014. The application should be submitted via email to

For more information please visit for downloading application form. Those who wish to participate only in the conference can intimate us so in the application.

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