Who are we?

ECHAMP is the European association of companies that work closely together to ensure that its members can meet the demand from users and prescribers across the EU for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. It advocates in favour of an appropriate regulatory environment for these products in the EU.

More than 100 million EU citizens choose homeopathic and anthroposophic medicines for their healthcare. This industry has a long-standing tradition in the EU, which is the major world producer of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products. In 2010, the European market for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products was valued at €1.035 billion. These products account for 0.7% of the European pharmaceutical market. The sector employs about 8000 people in the EU.

ECHAMP recognises the important role that homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine play and can play in health care. It works to develop the industry for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products so as to ensure availability of both medicines for self-medication and medicines recommended by prescribers. ECHAMP advocates and supports standards and requirements, including for effectiveness, that are in line with the tradition and therapeutic systems of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine as practised in Europe. It advocates an appropriate and well-balanced EU regulatory environment that reflects and ensures the specific quality and high safety of homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products, and it works to establish the industry as a credible and reliable health player so as to maximise political impact at EU level.

ECHAMP was founded in 1999 and now has about 50 full company members from 19 EU Member States, active in the production and distribution of these products, 14 Corresponding Members (practitioners’ and patients’ organisations) and 10 Associated Members (national manufacturers’ associations from 9 EU Member States and Switzerland). ECHAMP seeks to be a viable, effective, value‐driven and collaborative professional association that both serves the common needs of its members and reflects the broad needs of the sector. Full Members abide by a Code of Professional Ethics.

ECHAMP is a non-profit organisation, financed by membership fees and other contributions as defined in the Articles of Association. The Board of Management is elected by the Membership Assembly. ECHAMP has a permanent staff in Brussels; an active programme of specialist working groups brings together the expertise of the members to achieve the association’s objectives.