The Institute of Pharmaceutical Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland, was founded in 1991 as the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine and integrated into the University of Basel upon the inauguration of the professorship in pharmaceutical medicine in 2009. ECPM belongs to the department of public health within the medical faculty.

ECPM and the University of Basel had the coordinating role in Pharmatrain, an Education and Training project of the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 2009 to 2014. This project had the aim to foster and harmonise the content and the quality of training in pharmaceutical medicine and drug development sciences throughout Europe. Upon completion of the project the PharmaTrain Federation was set-up as a platform to ensure continuing collaboration of the founding universities.

ECPM received the “Centre of Excellence” accreditation from the IMI PharmaTrain Executive Board in January 2012.  All ECPM Courses are accredited by IMI PharmaTrain and the International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians (IFAPP) by following the agreed syllabus and quality assurance, and are certified by the University of Basel within the Bologna Title System.