Purpose – Missions – Values


As a reference platform in France, the Bordeaux PharmacoEpi platform (BPE) carries out pharmaco-epidemiology studies with a high scientific level to evaluate the impact of drugs in real life settings.

The results of these studies aim to be published and participate in the development of recommendations to optimize the benefits and minimize the risks of drugs.


Thanks to its expertise, its strong technical and professional capacities, the BPE ensures the following missions:

  • Promotes public and private partnerships to generate knowledge related to medicines in Public Health both in France and internationally,
  • Defines and conducts research to evaluate, in real life settings and on a large scale, behaviours regarding drugs prescriptions and drugs utilization patterns as well as their impact on health and costs,
  • Answer to questions from regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical companies regarding the assessment of drugs and therapeutic strategies (risks, use and performances) after their marketing authorization (“PASS, PAES, HTA” studies),
  • Carries out expert and training missions complementarily with Bordeaux University initial and continuing training offer.

Our requirements for the performance of our activities are multiple: quality, confidentiality of data, regulatory compliance, deadlines and budget respect.

Our Motto: : « The impossible is routine, the unthinkable is fun! »

Our values, reflect of our identity and ambitions, are based on the following principles:

  • To promote creativity and scientific excellence in pharmacoepidemiology studies,
  • To guarantee intellectual, institutional and individual independence,
  • To ensure partner satisfaction through passion, dynamism and innovation,
  • To lead a collaborative, committed and daring project management,
  • To ensure the teamwork values: caring, benevolence and respect.

History and Organizational structure

The BPE was created in 2002 and was accredited by INSERM in 2008 in the pharmacoepidemiology thematic of the Bordeaux Clinical Investigation Center 1401 (CIC 1401), Public Health Department (partnership between Institut Bergonié, CHU de Bordeaux, Université de Bordeaux, and INSERM). The BPE platform is supported by ADERA (subsidiary of Université de Bordeaux and other cultural and professional scientific institutions in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region) since 2008 for some management activities, in particular concerning human resources and legal affairs. The BPE platform is registered with ENCePP since the creation of the network and is referenced on the list of the EMA procurement procedure for drug safety studies. In 2019, BPE, certified as "Plateforme de recherche de l'Université de Bordeaux", joined the Federation of technological platforms of Bordeaux University. Also in 2019, BPE was certified ISO 9001:v2015 for its activities related to pharmacoepidemiology

The BPE platform also follows the European guidelines of the discipline, respects the ENCePP code of conduct, with registration of its studies in the EU PAS Register (European Union electronic Register of Post-Authorisation Studies), including 8 with the ENCePP seal securing transparency and quality.

BPE has been doing studies in pharmacoepidemiology for over 15 years now, with a high scientific level, supporting to the scientific community and to socioeconomic partners through its expertise, know-how, skills, to meet population health needs.

Quality Assurance

For more than 10 years, BPE has been committed to setting up its Quality Management System based on the experience of its teams, the support of an identified quality assurance person and the support of external quality experts. As part of INSERM CIC1401, BPE is regularly audited and accredited by the national medical research institute. It also has regular audits by the local instances, as well as by industry experts in the course of the usual work for industry.

BPE has been certified ISO 9001:v2015 for their research activities in pharmacoepidemiology since early 2019, a recognition of the Platform‘s quality commitment.

The BPE platform works also according to the European recommendations of the discipline, the ENCePP charter (European Network of Centers for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance), with around thirty studies registered on the ENCePP database (including ENCePP Seal studies) guaranteeing transparency and quality.

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