We support the development of self-medication industry associations around the world to aid in the understanding and development of responsible self-medication. WSMI requires member associations to develop voluntary codes of advertising practice and encourages consumer-friendly labeling.
Companies in the self-medication industry, research, manufacture and distribute nonprescription medicines and dietary supplements, designed and labelled for use without medical supervision. The public is made aware of these health products via direct advertising and they are available in pharmacies and, in many countries around the world, in other outlets.
In our role as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization, we represent the self-medication industry and contribute to WHO’s Public Health goals through our specialized expertise.
WSMI also represents the self-medication industry to other international organizations, such as ICH, WIPO, Codex Alimentarius, the World Medical Association, the International Pharmaceutical Federation and the International Council of Nurses.