World self-medication industry
The world federation promoting better health through responsible self-medication
NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization
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Who We Are, Vision, Mission and Work Focus

Who we are

The World Self-Medication Industry is a federation of regional and national associations, and manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription medicines on all continents. We are a Swiss association based near Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Our Vision

WSMI is dedicated to a world where self-care increasingly contributes to better health and more sustainable healthcare systems.

Our Mission

To foster a favorable environment for the wider availability and practice of self-care through the responsible use of safe and effective consumer healthcare products:

  • Promoting the value and benefits of self-care and responsible self-medication with relevant stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, at the global level by consolidating and disseminating scientific evidence.
  • Providing guidance on global public policy and regulatory issues that impact the self-care industry.
  • Providing support to member associations.

This is achieved by

  • Communicating the value of responsible self-medication to health professionals, health authorities, consumers and others;
  • Fostering responsible nonprescription medicine advertising, promotion and package information;
  • Encouraging high standards of quality, safety and efficacy of self-medication products.
  • Enhancing the scope and depth of interactions with the World Health Organization and other healthcare organizations.


  • Cooperate with and contribute to other healthcare organizations’ programmes and goals, especially those related to self-medication and quality use of medicines
  • Provide and facilitate the exchange of information among members on all issues related to self-medication.
  • Organize international and regional conferences and represent the worldwide self-medication industry at other conferences.
  • Require the creation and implementation of voluntary codes and guidelines of advertising practice and consumer-friendly package information.
  • Assist the creation of national associations of nonprescription medicine manufacturers so as to further improve the practice of responsible self-medication.
  • Encourage research on aspects of responsible self-medication
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