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.


Many women need medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding in order to treat health conditions. However, they often choose to stop their medication. I meet these women in my clinical practice. Many of them have underlying medical problems, anything from common ailments (such as headaches or heartburn) to autoimmune diseases, to heart and kidney disease or even an organ transplant. Naturally, they worry about the medicines they are taking for fear that they might harm their baby. Ken Hodson, Head of the UK Teratology Information Service (www.uktis.org) and consultant obstetrician with a specialist interest in medical problems in pregnancy in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK shares his thoughts on this year's #MedSafetyWeek!  | READ MORE >>
This week, the Innovative Medicines Initiative project, ConcePTION, is part of the fifth annual social media campaign called #MedSafetyWeek. The purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects from medicines to national health authorities, registries and drug manufacturers. This year, ConcePTION is adding an important message to this campaign. We are calling on women and health care professionals to report any medications used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is important, even if you do not think you are experiencing any side effects. Why? Because information about medicine safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women is desperately lacking. Every report counts, and adds knowledge about how safe medicines are for both mums and babies! | READ MORE >>
Like many others, the ConcePTION project had to cancel all face-to-face events this year and move online. This week we discuss our progress at the ConcePTION virtual general assembly. We look forward to two full days of progress reporting and constructive discussion. We are beginning to answer the question of how we can move beyond pregnancy registries to better understand disease-related pregnancy outcomes, medication use medicine safety in pregnancy. We also celebrate steps in the establishment of a non-commercial, Europe-wide breast milk biobank and platform to analyse samples. And a lot more! Want to know more? Join us at #ConcePTIONvirtual2020 on Twitter on 21-22 October!  | READ MORE >>


Many women need medication during #pregnancy and breastfeeding to treat health conditions. But they often choose to stop. @ken_hodson from @medsinpregnancy meets women in his clinical practice. This is his perspective on #pharmacovigilance 👉https://bit.ly/3q7lkVu

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.