About Us

ISPE History

ISPE was founded in 1980 by a handful of people who believed the pharmaceutical industry needed an organization that would deal with practical applications of science and technology for technical professionals. The much-needed forum provided by ISPE began with a Membership of engineers in North America. In time, ISPE Membership expanded beyond engineering to include a broad representation from pharmaceutical professionals.

Our Purpose:  ISPE delivers technical and operational solutions to support our Members across the global pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of quality medicines for patients.

ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is the world's largest not-for-profit association serving its Members by leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle.

ISPE is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience.

Our Members

All scientific and technical areas of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are represented among the ISPE Membership. Engineers, microbiologists, chemists, QA/QC, production, process development, pharmacists, regulatory and training personnel, academia, suppliers, and other professionals contribute their expertise to the industry through their participation in ISPE activities. See where our Members are located and their type of business.

Our Leaders

ISPE is led by an International Board of Directors. Michael A. Arnold RPh is the Society's Chair for 2016 – 2017.

Our Staff

ISPE is supported by a global staff of association professionals and advisors under the leadership of CEO and President John Bournas.

ISPE's Core Members are pharmaceutical professionals who use expert knowledge to create high-quality, cost-effective GMP solutions.

Our Baseline® Guides are relied on globally by industry and regulators to define the industry standards for design, construction and operation of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. ISPE’s training, conferences and Knowledge Networks give professionals solutions for their needs and connect them with other professionals to share best practices. We know how to design, build, qualify, license, operate and maintain these complex facilities, including those that manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients, finished dosage forms, delivery systems and packaging. Through ISPE's branded expertise in these areas we have deep technical knowledge that is applied in a practical manner.

We lead and facilitate the development of next generation process technologies and innovative technical solutions. On matters of regulation, our focus is on those requirements that impact — or will impact — the licensing of facilities, manufacturing processes and operations and the sustainability of the supply chain over the product lifecycle. We have developed relationships with and continue to provide key access to major regulatory agencies at the most senior levels.

ISPE aims to offer increasing and unparalleled value for Members, companies and stakeholders globally and across all constituent parts of the industry. The end result will be the continued improvement and transformation of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry to better ensure the availability of quality medicines to patients around the world.

To learn more about ISPE and its impact on the industry read our Strategic Plan

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Worldwide Headquarters

Office hours:
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 17.00 EST

7200 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 305
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Tel: +1-301-364-9201
Fax: +1-240-204-6024
Email: ask@ispe.org

Operations and Training Center

Office hours:
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 17.00 EST

600 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 900
Tampa, Florida 33609 USA
Tel: +1-813-960-2105
Fax: +1-813-264-2816
Email: ask@ispe.org

China Office

Office hours:
Monday – Friday
09.00 – 18.00 UTC +8

Level 20, Wise Logic International Center,
No. 66 North Shan Xi Road
Shanghai 200041, China
Tel: +86-21-3279-8625
Email: china@ispe.org