Who we are

Since starting out with a handful of staff and punch-card data processing in 1978, we have grown to become a global leader in promoting safer and more effective use of medicines worldwide.

What is UMC?

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is an independent, non-profit foundation and a centre for international service and scientific research. We are dedicated to promoting safer use of medicines for patients everywhere, using the science of pharmacovigilance to explore and understand the risks and benefits of medicines.

What we do

UMC was established in Uppsala, Sweden in 1978 as the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring. UMC operates the technical and scientific aspects of the WHO’s worldwide pharmacovigilance network.

Our story  Our vision and mission

Half a century of pharmacovigilance


How we work

Our expert staff work in specialised teams to support member countries of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring and develop pharmacovigilance for the protection of patients.

UMC board members  

How we’re governed and funded

The support we provide to the WHO programme is financed by selling products related to pharmacovigilance while still maintaining our intellectual and scientific independence.

Governance and funding


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