History

Emanating from the first clinical use of nuclear medicine tracers and therapeutics in the 1950s, a clinical discipline and supporting industry began to emerge during the 1970s in the United States, Europe and Japan. By 1985 this activity was considered appropriate for regulation by the European Union, and a directive bringing radiopharmaceuticals in line with all other drug substances was introduced.

In 1987, all interested radiopharmaceutical companies agreed to form the Association of Radiopharmaceutical producers Europe (ARPE) which was formalised shortly afterwards as a European economic interest group (EEIG).
ARPE’s initial focus on pharmaceutical regulations was very successful and led to an agreement with the EEC for rational registration process. In addition to these activities ARPE also became a focal point for dealing with threats to the continuing success of radiopharmaceuticals in Europe. For example, a threat to disrupt supply of a key raw material in the production of radiopharmaceutical preparations was addressed by focussed lobbying with governments, regulators and industrial partners.

By the mid 1990s the professional organisation representing nuclear medicine physicians in Europe (EANM) provided an opportunity for ARPE to become directly involved in a strategic collaboration to develop the speciality. In order to appropriately respond to this challenge, ARPE broadened its statutes to encompass hardware and equipment companies and renamed itself the Association of Radiopharmaceutical Producers and Equipment Suppliers (ARPES).ARPES was closely involved with several EANM projects including the funding of a cost benefit study for nuclear cardiology and a contribution to the establishment of a strategic vision for nuclear medicine in Europe. By the end of the 1990s most members had broadened their scope and were now engaged in multi-modality in-vivo diagnostic activities.
To reflect this reality a new name AIPES (Association of Imaging Producers and Imaging Suppliers), with the mission to foster industry collaboration across all fields of in-vivo diagnosis, was adopted in 2001.

During its relatively brief history our industry association has experienced massive technological, commercial and regulatory change. Despite this change, our members remain committed to providing the highest standards of product and service excellence to physicians worldwide and ultimately the patients that they serve.