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CPhI Worldwide

(24 October 2023 - 26 October 2023 )
Venue: Fira de Barcelona Gran Via
Location: Spain , Barcelona

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CPhI Worldwide 2023 will take place between 24.10.2023 - 26.10.2023 in Barcelona at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via. The venue will not adopt for the time-being Covid-19 safety measures such as the 3G entry policy, social distancing or mandatory face coverings, such as surgical masks. This is due to Spain's government opting to remove the domestic pandemic-related restrictions, except for the ones related to hospitals and public transport. As of 21.10.2022, the country has also completely removed its travel limitations, including the ones related to travelling from countries outside of the EU or Schengen.

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CPhI Worldwide is an exhibition of great importance for the global pharmaceutical industry. It is the leading event for the whole value chain, which includes within it six events. These are ICSE, InnoPack, P-MEC, BioProduction and FDF. The fair is the central hub for learning about the latest innovations and trends. Additionally, it serves as a central procurement location for many professionals. CPhI is an international trade show which changes its hosting city every year. For instance, it has taken place in Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, and Milano. The event most often occurs in November. Among the venues which have hosted the fair are Fiera Milano and Messe Frankfurt. 

Business profile of the event

CPhI Worldwide receives a large and diverse attendee group. This includes API suppliers, machinery manufacturers, outsourcing providers, and drug delivery device developers. Regulatory experts, R&D institutes, engineers, universities, and custom synthesis producers also attend. Biopharmaceutical companies, OTC producers, and other types of professionals also visit. Many attendees are senior executives. Among the companies that take part in CPhI are Aspen, PHARCO, KiOmed, and BIOSIDUS.

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CPhI allows professionals to complete several vital business goals. One of them is sourcing and conducting business on site. Such includes examining products and making essential purchases. It also enables gauging potential new markets and competitors. Additionally, professionals can connect and network at the fair. Such includes maintaining previous business relationships and forming new ones. Furthermore, the fair enables experts to expand their specialist knowledge and gain recognition. 

CPhI Worldwide consists of 6 sub-exhibitions: CPhI, P-MEC, Innopack, ICSE, FDF and BioPharma. Each of them focuses on specific product groups and attracts select types of attendees. CPhI, for instance, attracts pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers, buyers, and manufacturers. Its focus is on APIs, Custom Manufacturing, and Natural Extracts. ICSE attracts CROs, CMOs and CDMOs. It is where exhibitors provide outsourcing services such as clinical trials. InnoPack is the sub-exhibition for the pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery sector. It is where professionals can examine printing, packaging, and trademark solutions. P-MEC focuses on pharma machinery, equipment and technology. FDF is the sub-exhibition for finished dosage supply chain specialists. This includes out-licensing specialists, en-product distributors, end-user agents, home market representatives and others. BioProduction focuses on bioprocessing and manufacturing. It is where professionals from pharma and biopharma firms gather. 

CPhI Worldwide features a show area that tends to overlap with the sub-show areas. The mentioned area is the New Product Zone. It is the location for companies that have innovative wares. This Zone allows them to both gain recognition and pitch to target visitors. 

CPhI Worldwide has a comprehensive programme of seminars and conferences. Among them is the Women in Leadership Forum and the Pharma Insight Briefings. Women in Leadership features executive women speakers from the pharmaceutical sector. Each speaker discusses strategies and challenges women encounter during their corporate careers. The topics can vary from means of creating equal work opportunities to perception issues. The Pharma Insight Briefings consist of seminars held at the various showground theatres. These feature discussions on commercial and technical topics and are free to attend. The discussions focus on leading pharma trends, product innovations and industry developments. Examples include key driving factors & challenges in the global API market. Each of the sub-events also features conferences and presentations. For instance, P-MEC features conferences where leading experts discuss novel creations and others. Such allows professionals to learn about the newest innovations and trends. 

CPhI also provides opportunities to gain recognition. A leading example is the CPhI Pharma Awards. The Awards laud the innovation and the dedication of companies or individuals. Such include novel products, technologies, and strategies. Large/small molecule product design, development, manufacturing, production or distribution companies can participate. The Awards feature nine permanent categories. These are:

  • API development
  • Finished formulations
  • Manufacturing technology & equipment
  • Packaging & drug delivery
  • Digital innovation
  • Supply chain, logistics & distribution, 
  • Sustainability
  • CEO of the Year
  • Regulatory

Each category rewards different types of novelties. For instance, API Development lauds innovations related to API development/manufacturing. Such include synthesis, characterisation, formulation, scale-up, software/database development and bulk manufacturing. Finished Formulation lauds drug product formulation technologies, product, process, and service innovations. This features excipient, finished dose, OTC, software/database, and process development novelties. It also includes innovations that overcome challenges like drug targeting and others. 

Manufacturing technology is for manufacturing novelties related to dosage drugs. Such include novel equipment, manufacturing processes, facilities, process controls, or continuous manufacturing means. Packaging is for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging of finished drugs innovations. It also lauds novelties relating to routes of administration and drug delivery devices. Such novelties can feature inhalers, auto-injectors, vials, combination products, tamper-proof packaging, and others. 

Digital Innovation rewards digital innovations that add pharmaceutical development value. Likewise, the category lauds novelties that better patient outcomes. Such include improved forms of advanced and predictive analytics, AI, and automation. It additionally lauds novel patient-centric solutions that improve details such as tracking. Such include new medical devices and wearables. The supply category rewards novelties that improve the safe handling of drug substances. Such include supply chain, audit, and temperature-controlled logistics. It additionally features novel transport services, shipping containers, and distribution channels.

The Sustainability category recognises novelties related to sustainable development in the Pharmaceutical industry. Such include innovative initiatives that improve patient outcomes while being environment-conscious. Such can include ways to minimise environmental impact. They can also feature means to improve waste reduction or novel energy-saving solutions. Sustainable and collaborative product development initiatives can also receive the award. So can innovative use of resources and social outreach campaigns. Novel employee training and mentoring programs can also receive the category award. Likewise, so can fair employee working policies, inclusion, and diversity initiatives. 

The CEO of the Year is for C-Suite Executives of Large Pharma/Biopharma companies. It lauds the efforts and initiatives of executives that improve financial/product performance. It also includes inventive campaigns which have led to better global reach. Additionally, executives whose leadership has led to better sustainability can receive the award. So can executives whose marketing skills have led to high acquisition numbers. The regulatory category is for novelties that ensure high compliance with standards and rules. Such include novel technologies that allow companies to follow the regulations. This can be innovative consulting services, novel reference standards, and others. It also includes novel software/IT technologies and equipment. 

Often, the CPhI Awards also feature novel categories related to the global situation. This includes for instance the innovative category “Innovation in Response to COVID-19”. The category focuses on novelties that help to better combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Such include technologies and services that better the outcomes for patients and communities. This can include novel vaccines, drug products, medical equipment, support solutions and resources. 

Each of the categories has its own set of criteria. This includes details such as the level of innovation and others. The details considered also include the level of competitive advantage the novelty provides. For the CEO category, the considered criteria are leadership qualities and others. The CPhI Pharma Awards nominations receive a careful examination by the judging panel. The panel includes independent senior industry experts from different countries and sectors.

CPhI Worldwide can be beneficial for API suppliers, machinery manufacturers, and outsourcing providers. Also, drug delivery device developers, regulatory experts, and R&D institutes should attend. So should universities, custom synthesis producers, biopharmaceutical companies, and OTC producers.

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Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific need. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Milano, Frankfurt, Madrid, or Barcelona with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Fiera Milano for a quicker commute, for instance. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


CPhI Worldwide takes place at a different venue every year. Informa PLC organises the event for 3 days. Exceptions about the duration of CPhI are possible. For instance, the 2021 edition included a digital aspect that was available for a full month. Visiting hours tend to vary for each group of attendees. Exhibitors for instance can enter the event between 8 m and 6:30 pm for the first 2 days. For the last day, they can attend between 8 am and 4 pm. regular visitors can attend between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm for the first 2 days. On the final day of the fair, they can take part between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Visitors who have Early Access, VIP, or a Plus pass can attend for the first 2 days between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. On the final day, they can attend between 9:30 am and 6 pm. 

The event takes place at different venues, such as Fiera Milano and Messe Frankfurt. Each of the exhibition centres where the event has or will occur has a convenient location. For example, Fiera Milano is a 30-minute taxi commute from the Milano airport. Likewise, you can reach the venue from the central railway station in 20 minutes by taking the metro. Messe Frankfurt is also easy to access, as it has extensive public transport links. This includes trains that allow reaching it in 17 minutes from the central station. The venues where CPhI takes place are also easy to access from nearby cities. For instance, Fiera Milano is a 56-minute train commute from Monza. 

Each CPhI hosting city has an extensive public transport system. Milan, for instance, has links consisting of bus, taxi, metro, and train routes. These connections allow reaching the different districts of the city while saving time. For example, you can access the city centre from the Brera district in 12 minutes by metro. CPhI hosting cities provide a diverse range of dining and accommodation options. For instance, each city features hotels, hostels, guest houses, or apartments. They also provide a range of dining alternatives like restaurants, bars, and clubs. Often, the dining options also include the venue where the event takes place. When considering where to stay, opt for locations such as the city centre.

Audience and Statistics

Because of its importance, CPhI Worldwide receives an impressive group of attendees. For instance, its 2019 edition featured over 2,500 exhibitors and over 45,000 visitors. More than 170 countries attend the fair, including:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

The event receives attendees from the pharmaceutical, medicine, and dental medicine industries. It also features participants from the ophthalmic optics, medical technology, and health sectors. 

Past Editions


The 2019 edition of CPhI Worldwide marked a new attendant number record. A total of 48,961 attendees, including over 2,500 exhibitors, visited the fair. Over 170 countries attended the edition at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. The edition took place between 5.11.2019 – 7.11.2019 as a live exhibition. 


The 2021 edition of CPhI Worldwide took place as a hybrid event. The event comprised two parts with different durations. A live exhibition and a digital platform were the two aspects of the fair. Strict Covid-19 prevention measures were in place for the face-to-face expo. The rendition featured 173 exhibiting companies and 3,934 visitors.


Like the 2021 edition, CPhI Worldwide 2022 also took place as a hybrid event comprising a live trade show and a complementary digital platform. The edition was held in Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The venue did not include Covid-19 safety measures, such as the 3G entry policy, due to the removal of the country's domestic pandemic-related restrictions. The event was held between 01.11.2022 and 03.11.2022, and received around 2,500 exhibitors and approximately 45,000 visitors. More than 160 countries took part in the edition. 









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