3rd edition, March 19-21, 2015, Montpellier 


The International Conference on the Evidence of Non-Pharmacological Interventions’Efficacy


Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs) have become essential solutions to improve the health and the quality of life, and sometimes the life expectancy of people suffering from chronic diseases or facing health risks. Recent observational studies have also highlighted the positive economic and social impact of NPIs. Therefore, an international conference should allow participants to:
- share evidence of the efficacy, benefits/risk, safety and costs/effectiveness of NPIs,
- discuss research protocols leading to the administration of evidence, and
- understand the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs.

Who is the iCEPS Conference for?

The congress is for anybody who is interested in scientific, medical, legal and ethical questions raised by NPIs.


Definition of NPIs

Non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) consist in products, programs or services. In most cases, they are complements to drug, biotechnical and conventional surgical treatments. They cover the following areas: nutrition, physical therapy and adapted physical activity, psychotherapy and health education.

A major issue

We are all familiar with people who have enjoyed the health benefits of an NPI. Nevertheless, these cases do not amount to solid evidence. The mere satisfaction of an NPI happy few cannot be generalized to the general public. Could these outcomes just be the result of a placebo effect? Are they applicable at the same “doses” to other people with the same disorders? For now, academic societies and state health authorities feel that the studies available in the scientific and medical literature do not provide sufficient evidence. They argue that what has been brought forth is merely proof of concept. As a result, policy makers and health industry financial decision-makers remain skeptical. These key players are encouraging innovators to come forward with additional evidence for the efficacy and the cost/effectiveness of NPIs in order to improve their visibility, and, ultimately, to garner more substantive private and public financial support for them.

The role of NPIs

Are NPIs general consumer products or health products, general or care services, education programs or medical devices?
Should they be freely available for sale or only via medical prescription?
Are they designed to heal, cure, or alleviate chronic pain? Should they be used for relaxation, to increase autonomy, improve of quality of life and/or make people happy?
Should for the costs of NPIs be fully or partially reimbursed?
Should we monitor their use?
Should we verify their toxicity and interference with conventional biological treatments?
What better exchange forum than an international conference to share opinions and experiences?

``Is mere individual satisfaction evidence of NPI efficacy?``

Videos in English

Why this international Conference in Montpellier each 2 years?

Demonstrating the efficacy of NPIs requires debates and multidisciplinary solutions. NPIs span various scientific disciplines, from biological sciences to human and social sciences, from epidemiology to engineering sciences, from medicine to ethics, from new technologies to e-Health, from economics to legal sciences. This proactive interaction and collaboration will prompt the development and the validation of innovations expected by industry players, patients, professionals and decision makers. Montpellier is renowned for its historical excellence in the fields of health and human sciences, and for its modern capacity to bring the two together. Non-pharmacological interventions are at the heart of this juncture. Around Montpellier itself, the French Region of Languedoc-Roussillon hosts a variety of proactive university laboratories and health-related companies. Healthcare institutions are also highly involved in clinical research. This economic and research cluster stimulates innovation and clinical research on the rehabilitation of patients suffering from chronic diseases and on health prevention programs. It also fosters social economy and solidarity efforts, as well as e-Health developments.

Persons in charge

Grégory Ninot, Isabelle Boulze, Jérome Maitre and Raphael Trouillet
Platefom CEPS, Universities of Montpelier, France


Phone: 0033 411 757 065

Steering committee

Sylvain Agier, Jean Bilard, Syl Billere, Emmanuel Bobin, Sylvie Boichot, Isabelle Boulze, Catherine Bortholon, Sara Creissen, Corinne Crespe, Emmanuelle Decker, Dagmara Dmitrzak, Mario Fernandez, Christophe Gernigon, Adeline Gomez, Aline Herbinet, Rachel Keyes Michel, Gisèle Lacroix, Michel Launay, Anne Laurent, Kim Lavoie, Cécile Maestracci, Jérôme Maitre, Sophie Marchal-Victorion, Sébastien Mas, Jeanne Michaux, Estelle Ninot, Grégory Ninot, Habiba Ouadfel, Anne Portal, Julien Quenette, Sylvie Rapior, Thierry Rousset, Patricia Samacoïts, Hélène Sancho-Garnier, Baya Sebiane, Marion Thurmes, Raphaël Trouillet, Nathalie Vendeville, Loïc Villa-Salvignol, Alain Warnery, Hanan Yazbek.

Scientific committee

Simon Bacon, Patrick Bachmann, Pierre-Louis Bernard, Isabelle Boulze, Gérard Bourrel, Jean-Yves Breurec, Denis Brouillet, Stacey Callahan, Anne-Marie Costalat-Founeau, Sarah Dauchy, Françoise Facy, Isabelle Faurie, Marie-Christine Gely-Nargeot, Christophe Gernigon, Claude Jeandel, Isabelle Laffont, Franck Lagniaux, Anne Laurent, Françoise Laroche, Kim Lavoie, Sophie Martin, Thierry Moulin, Grégory Moullec, Véronique Nègre, Grégory Ninot, Pascal Paillé, Stéphane Perrey, Serge Perrot, Marie Préau, Jean-Louis Pujol, Xavier Quantin, Bruno Quintard, Stéphane Raffard, Sylvie Rapior, Jean-Philippe Raynaud, Monique Savoldelli, Pierre Senesse, Anne Stoebner-Delbarre, Raphaël Trouillet, Anne Vuillemin.



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