Vision

OpenAPO stands for open apothecary.

OpenAPO is a non-profit sustainability project supported by the group of the Pharmaceutical Technology at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
One of the key topics is to provide compounding information for essential medicines based on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.

A further aim is to network profound pharmaceutical and technical compounding knowledge to formulate essential medicines in the dosage forms needed and ensure availability by providing this information in a database.


OpenAPO’s approach is an open system. Data are entered, modified, improved and never finalized. The content information in the Master Batch Records comprises simplified methods and procedures so that a minimum of technical equipment is needed for compounding and quality/identity testing of a product.


Medicine compounding information is not only vital to the pharmaceutical industry and stakeholders. OpenAPO wants to manage this knowledge in a sustainable way and make it available to those who need it.