The conformation of perindoprilat, an antihypertensive drug, is studied in the solid state by X-ray analysis. The resolution of its structure reveals important analogies between its observed conformation and that of several ACE inhibitors of the same family. This comparison points out a constant relative orientation of the functional groups, regardless of the molecular environment. This angular constancy appears to us as not being accidental and is a good argument for the spatial design of the ACE binding site. Although ACE is a carboxydipeptidase, the binding site may not contain two but one unique hydrophobic pocket receiving the C-terminal end of the inhibitors.