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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As an NGO in official relations with WHO, WSMI contributes to WHO’s public health goals through its specialized expertise in self-care and responsible self-medication with non-prescription medicines. WSMI is working with WHO in a number of areas:

Traditional and Complementary Medicines

Traditional medicines are found in almost every country and have been used in self-care for generations.


Tobacco Control

Nonprescription Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is safe and effective to help people stop smoking and increases the chances to quit smoking.
WSMI has an observer status to the Conference of the Parties of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Quality Assurance of Medicines

WSMI participates to the development of WHO standards and guidelines to promote quality assurance of medicines worldwide.

Noncommunicable Diseases

Prevention is key in the fight against the global epidemic of noncommunicable chronic diseases and it is essential to encourage and support people to take charge of their own health and well-being, including through the development of self-care health policies and an appropriate framework for non-prescription medicines worldwide.

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