Objectives, missions and goals of the Working Party
The main objective of this working party is to serve as a common platform for the gathering of European chemists and specialists with common interests in the field of formulation.
Formulation of chemical products, also known as product design, is the scientific and technological field about the art of combining together individual components, by the appropriate methods, obtaining the desired structures and achieving the targeted performance of the product. These final products are denoted as formulations, which are manufactured by the precise combination of ingredients. Commercial formulations are extremely ubiquitous, as pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, paints and dyes, cleaning products and detergents, food products, lubricants, pesticides, fertilizers, etc., among many other examples.
For example, galenic formulation is the science that describes the principles for the preparation of medicines, incorporating active ingredients, with the objective of controlling the transport, delivery and action of the active compound. Formulation is a key process, since it greatly influences the pharmacokinetics and the safety profile of the drug, and consequently, formulation determines the therapeutic effectivity of the medicine.
In a wide sense, formulation deals about the creation of products for particular applications, in a safe, effective and cost-effective manner. Appropriate combinations of ingredients allow obtaining structured liquids, soft materials or aerosols with well-defined performance in their technological applications.
Missions and goals
- Promote co-operation between European scientists in the field of formulation
- Promote exchanges between scientists from academia and industry and developing interactions with companies
- Promote exchanges and reflexions about the teaching of formulation
- Extend our activities to other organizations across Europe
- Develop cooperation with other scientific European organizations
- Stablish regular periodic exchanges between partner organizations and industrial collaborators
- Achieve a wide recognition of formulation as a discipline in the teaching of chemistry
- Collaborate with complementary networks, aiming to the creation of a Formulation Interest Group in Europe
Working Group management
Alain Durand, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France
Responsible for web contents
Jordi Esquena, Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain