Jean-Michel Descoutures is a hospital pharmacist, currently working in the Pharmacy Department of the Argenteuil hospital in France. He has joined the “Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers” (Resah) in 2007, one of the major group purchasing organisation for hospitals in France. Because of his knowledge on how medications come on the market and how the price is established by the authorities, he has been appointed coordinator for the procurement of pharmaceuticals for over 100 hospitals including the military hospitals.
He is part of the executive board of the “Club des Acheteurs de Produits de Santé” which is an association where all the different public and private GPOs can discuss their similar issues regarding the environment of procurement of health products.
In 2009, he was elected a Member of the French Academy of Pharmacy.
He represents the International Hospital Federation (IHF) on the Leadership team of GS1 Healthcare.