Relationship with pharmaceutical companies

• The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) is a Non-Govermental Body (NGO).
• Relationships between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and pharmaceutical companies should be based on equal partnership. Both sides must work together on policy development and practical initiatives, in the interests of the patients and their carers whom the NGO represents, while preserving its independence.
• Each party should remember that successful partnerships are those where both partners gain something, and each should make efforts to understand the internal culture of the other.
• NGOs should recognise that pharmaceutical companies need to be profitable, and have their own particular marketing agenda, to which no NGO should ever feel obliged to conform. Funding should be rejected if the alternative is compromising the NGO’s independence in any way.

Funding

• The International Bur