AFA is functionally structured based on the following chart:

The organization and division of responsibilities are established in the charter of the Association. According to the charter, the Assembly is the Association governing body, and therefore the highest decision-making part. The Board of Directors manages the Association based on what is approved by the Assembly. The Executive Management of the Association follows the guidelines from the Board of Directors, managing the activities performed by AFA.


The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the sovereign Association and is comprised by representatives of the affiliated companies.

In order to become an affiliate member, the company must be a Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) or Manufacturing Authorization Holder of Pharmaceutical, Veterinary, cosmetic or similar products. Besides, the Association charter and the Intercompany Protocol must be approved and the membership fee paid.

The General Assembly is the governing body of the Association. It has the following responsibilities, among others:

  • Electing the members of the governing body and managing AFA's activities.
  • Approval of the annual budget and the annual accounts liquidation.
  • Join other associations.
  • Agree on members’ disenrollment.

The Assembly meets in ordinary session at least once a year.

All agreements are taken by simple majority and the election of the Board of Directors is performed by relative majority.


The AFA Board of Directors, governs, manages and represents the Association, having the following responsibilities, among others:

  • Representing, leading and managing the Association
  • Executing and complying with the decisions taken by the General Assembly
  • Convening General Assembly meetings
  • Establishing working groups

It is composed by:

President: Dr. Octavi Colomina Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and BSc. in Chemistry. More than 30 years of professional experience in the fields of Biochemical Research, Petrochemical & Fine Chemical Industry, Software Development and Project Management for Computer System implementation within the Pharmaceutical and Chemical industry fields. Since 1994, he works as a Pharmaceutical industry Consultant in Spain and several European countries being involved in technical projects and regulatory compliance for the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Cosmetic industries.

Vice-President and Secretary: Dr. Eduard Cayón Ph.D. in Chemical Science. More than 20 year professional experience developed in Chemical Research, Pharmaceutical Analytical Development, Pharmaceutical and Food Quality Control, Validation, Auditing a 25 Quality Assurance for the Pharmaceutical industry. Since 1999, he works as a Pharmaceutical industry Consultant in Spain and several European countries being involved in technical projects and regulatory compliance for the Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Cosmetic industries. He has performed more that 120 audits to Pharmaceutical industry suppliers.

Treasurer: Sr. José María Giménez-Alcover BSc. in Law by the Universidad Central de Barcelona. Law firm owner. Member # 11.916 from the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona. Specialized in Civil, commercial, Insolvency, Family and Procedural Law. He worked as a Professor of International Law at the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya and as lawyer for the Real Canal de la Infanta. He is one of the founders of AFA and is a member of the Grupo Jurídico Gispert where he manages the Payment Procedure, Enforcement orders, Mortgage Prosecution Department.


The Executive management follows the guidelines from the Board of Directors in the management and administration of AFA. The Executive Management position is held by Dr. Eduard Cayón, a member of the Board of Directors (Vice-President and Treasurer).