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.


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 >>
This year, ConcePTION is part of the annual online event organised by the Motherhood Collective Impact Programme (MCIP). Here, Helena Harnik, MCIP programmes director from the Synergist, explains how ConcePTION plays a role in addressing some of the most challenging issues in maternal health: building knowledge about how safe women’s medicines are in pregnancy and nursing. And why this knowledge matters.  | READ MORE >>
This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness week, highlighting an important issue for all pregnant women and new mothers. Worldwide at least 1 in every 10 pregnant women experience a mental health disorder, including depression and anxiety. Many of these women will need treatment with medicines.  | READ MORE >>


More than 98% of available #drugs have insufficient safety data to guide dosing in #women who're #pregnant or #breastfeeding. That’s what @IMIConcePTION is trying to tackle. Read more from Linda Härmark from Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb http://ow.ly/2yZE30rgsWi

ConcePTION will improve how existing methods are used, and address old problems, with new solutions. For example by generating better data for #medicine use in #breastfeeding. #ConcePTIONvirtual2020 @IMI_JU

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.