About ConcePTION

ConcePTION is a project funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative, a private public partnership. The project was launched in April 2019.

We believe that we have an important societal obligation to radically and rapidly reduce uncertainty about the effects of medication used during pregnancy and breastfeeding to benefit women in making informed decisions about medications used before, during and after pregnancy.

Reporting medicine use in pregnancy

Did you use any medicines when you were pregnant? Here is how you and your health care provider can report what we call an exposure.

Ten principles for stakeholder engagement in the ConcePTION project

The ConcePTION project is building much-needed knowledge for women and health care professionals. To achieve our goal of building an ecosystem for medicine safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding, we need to engage with women, their partners, their doctors, pharmacists, midwives and nurses, the companies that develop medicines and the authorities that approve them and decide what becomes available to patients. Our goal is to work in an open and inclusive way, with the spirit of mutual respect and trust. Here is how we engage with stakeholders in an ethical way.


Finding information about medicine safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding is challenging. But the problem extends beyond a mere lack of data. A recent ConcePTION publication reveals that the recommendations for how a drug should be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women vary a lot between different information sources. Even between the most credible sources and in both information intended for patients and health care professionals. The authors also identify a critical need to harmonise information within and between countries.  | READ MORE >>
Breastfeeding brings many positive effects on the health and wellbeing of both mother and child. But breastfeeding mothers get sick like the rest of us, which means they also need medicines. We believe that each woman should have the right to make decisions about breastfeeding based on information she can trust. We are providing one step in that direction, developing a model for how medicines transfer to milk!  | READ MORE >>
The French health authority ANSM is launching a study to assess the safety of Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy. The Covacpreg study is part of the enhanced vaccine surveillance system set up by the ANSM and the regional pharmacovigilance centers (CRPV), who are responsible for monitoring the adverse effects of Covid-19 vaccines. The Covapreg study will follow the course of post-vaccination pregnancies until the birth of the child. With the aim to enrich scientific knowledge on the Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy. | READ MORE >>


We are part of the CONSIGN project, collecting data on the impact of #Covid19 in #pregnancy with the aim to guide decision-making about vaccination policies and treatment options. Want to know more about #CONSIGN? 👉 https://www.imi-conception.eu/news-details/?news_id=737

Our project unites stakeholders & experts from many disciplines, all bringing their own expertise and precise #terminology. To arrive at a understanding and align our work, we have developed a #glossary.

It's available online for anyone to use!


The ConcePTION consortium

The project unites an unprecedented 88 organizations from 22 countries, including the European Medicines Agency, drug manufacturers, academia, public health organizations, and teratology networks to innovate new solutions to a decades-long public health issue.


The ConcePTION project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 821520. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA.