International Pharmaceutical Federation

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The International Pharmaceutical Federation or Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique, abbreviated as FIP, is an international federation of national organisations that represent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. It was founded in 1912 and is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.


Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its 127 member organisations, FIP represents and serves almost two million practitioners and scientists around the world.

Over the years, FIP’s priorities have shifted in both focus and content to meet the needs and expectations of the profession, in expanding healthcare services and harmonising emerging scientific developments. At the time of its inception in 1912, the Federation was primarily focused on the pharmaceutical sciences. FIP executed its mission through congresses and events mainly through the gatherings of European participants and leaders.

FIP consists of two boards: the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice and the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Board of Pharmaceutical Practice[edit]

The FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Practice, which embodies pharmacists, has nine sections, each focusing on specific areas of pharmacy, developing and enhancing professional practice through shared experience. The Sections represent the following areas of pharmacy practice:

  • Academic Pharmacy
  • Clinical Biology
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Military and Emergency Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Information
  • Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Mission Statement
The Board of Pharmaceutical Practice represents the interests of all aspects of the practice of the profession of pharmacy throughout the whole world, regardless of any national or local issues.

The development of the profession in all its many facets will be encouraged.

Good communication between pharmaceutical practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists and other healthcare providers will be strongly promoted. The ultimate objective of this aim will be to unify the profession and, as a result, bring about an increase in the standards of healthcare for the benefit of the patient.

The Board of Pharmaceutical Practice, with these ends in mind, will thus endeavour to:

  • Raise professional standards.
  • Develop policy relating to the safe and effective use of medicines.
  • Develop and expand continuing education.
  • Encourage research into all fields of pharmaceutical practice.
  • Recognise and reward excellence in pharmaceutical practice.
  • Expand the influence and role of the pharmacist.
  • Increase, strengthen and expand the functions of the various Sections of FIP.
  • Increase the membership, influence the activities of FIP on a world wide basis.

Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences[edit]

The Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) is in place within FIP to provide a forum for pharmaceutical scientists to communicate, network, and further develop their expertise and knowledge in their areas of interest. This is accomplished through member participation in special interest groups that focus on specific aspects of pharmaceutical science and research. Targeted specifically to this group is the Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, which is held every 4 years in a different location around the world. The most recent was in New Orleans, USA in 2010, in concert with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Special interest groups have been formed on the following areas:

  • Bioavailability and Bioequivalence
  • Biopharmaceutics Classification System
  • Dissolution
  • Environment and pharmaceuticals
  • Individualized Medicine
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Products
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics

Role of Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The role of this Board is to handle all scientific aspects of FIP's activities. To fulfill this task the BPS has developed a Strategic plan with a clear mission, namely to establish and maintain itself as the leading forum for representation of pharmaceutical science throughout the world. The main approaches to accomplish this mission are:

  • Coordinating the advancement for the pharmaceutical sciences worldwide by providing a global network for national and Supranational organizations representing pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Providing an international platform for interactions amongst pharmaceutical scientists;
  • Contribution to public policy issues related to pharmaceutical research - e.g. gene products, biologicals, drugs: their discovery, development, production, regulation and rational use;
  • Fostering the career development of pharmaceutical scientists;
  • Identifying and nurturing emerging areas of science in the pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Enhancing recognition of the achievements of pharmaceutical scientists;
  • Interacting with organizations of health care providers to strengthen their scientific base;
  • Encourage high quality in pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Assisting in advancing the pharmaceutical sciences in developing countries;
  • Sponsoring international symposia, conferences and training programs for pharmaceutical scientists;
  • Liaising with governmental authorities to establish and to increase financial support or research and development in pharmaceutical sciences.

The FIP Congress - The World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences[edit]

Every year, FIP organises the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where thousands of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists meet, learn, share and exchange views. Lectures, plenary sessions, poster exhibitions and section programmes, together with Council meetings and the Leadership Conference make this event the premier international event in pharmacy each year. The social side - finding new friends and greeting old ones - complements the varied Congress programme. The annual Congress also serves the Young Pharmacists Group with specially planned sessions and workshops focussed on current issues facing this unique segment of the profession.

In 2012, FIP celebrated its 100 year anniversary and hosted the FIP Centennial Congress from 3–8 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – the home country of FIP since it’s beginning. This Congress was not only a unique opportunity for FIP to make a significant step in the fulfilment of our Vision and Mission, as adopted by FIP Council in 2008, but was a turning point for the profession on a global level - all present will set the stage for the future on a foundation of 100 years of progress.

The Centennial offered all participants an invaluable venue for enriching their career while at the same time participating in events and decisions that will steer the future of pharmacy and healthcare around the world.

The main theme of the Centennial is Improving Health Through Responsible Medicines Use, a theme that calls on pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to take their place as leaders in the healthcare team and do their part to usher in a new era of healthcare on a global scale. The theme was supported by a world-class programme of expert speakers, symposia, workshops and posters, bringing together participants from diverse areas of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science.

The FIP Academic Institutional Membership[edit]

FIP Academic Institutional Membership (FIP AIM), allows faculties and schools of pharmacy to become interconnected on a global platform of discussion, leadership and shared challenges and successes. The FIP AIM focuses on the parallel evolution of faculties and schools of pharmacy alongside the ongoing changes in pharmacy practice, science, research and their respective funding. All faculties and schools of pharmacy from around the world are welcome to apply for a FIP AIM. These academic institutes are represented by their deans, vice-deans and other decision makers within the membership activities such as online discussion platforms and the annual International Dean’s Forum at the FIP Congress.

In addition, the FIP AIM manages the official World List of Pharmacy Schools - the most up to date and comprehensive list of pharmacy schools available.

The FIP Foundation for Education and Research[edit]

The Foundation's objectives are to promote the education of, and research by pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists within the general fields of design, manufacture, distribution and use of medicines for humans and/or animals. In order to achieve its objectives the Foundation may undertake any of the following activities:

Making awards in recognition of excellence;
Making grants to support education or research;
Granting Fellowships to permit a period of research at an approved institution;
Awarding Scholarships to permit short periods of international travel in order to study the practice of pharmacy or pharmaceutical science in another country or in other countries;
All other charitable activities which do not conflict with the aforementioned objectives or the general objectives of the International Pharmaceutical Federation/Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP).

The FIP Foundation for Education and Research was set up in 1993 with a programme of grants and awards. In addition to the Awards in Recognition of Excellence, the FIP Foundation also makes available FIP Development Grants to young pharmacists in training or research, FIP International Travel Scholarships and FIP Fellowships. In 1997 it introduced the Young Poster Presenter's Awards, which are given to a number of people who have submitted abstracts for the FIP Congress, which have been screened and approved by either the scientific or professional secretary. Donations and other forms of sponsorship are an essential ingredient to the success of the Awards programme and to the FIP Foundation and has set up a FIP Foundation Supporter's Club. It has developed a series of benefit, both individual and corporate, which will attract potential donors/sponsors. There are six categories - Ribbon, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

You can read details of the Foundations work in its annual reports, which are available upon request from the FIP Foundation.

See also[edit]


  • Developing Pharmacy Practice - a Focus on Patient Care - Geneva: World Health Organization and FIP, 2006. 97 pages. [1]
  • Global Framework for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education. The Hague: FIP, 2008. 33 pages. [2]
  • Counselling, Concordance and Communication: Innovative Education Pharmacists. The Hague: FIP and International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation, 2005. 50 pages. [3]
  • 2006 Global Pharmacy Workforce and Migration Report: a Call for Action. The Hague: FIP, 2006. 60 pages. [4]
  • 2020 Vision - FIP's vision, mission and strategic plan. The Hague: FIP, 2008. 44 pages. [5]

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