Benefits of becoming a FIP Member Organisation
FIP offers valuable support to its Member Organisations in many different ways:
- Work in improving pharmacists' practice
- Political and advocacy work
- Networking with other member organisations and developing new ideas and trends
- Recognition of pharmaceutical organisations and its members at an international level
- Increasing impact on health at a global level
Please note the benefits mentioned below are solely provided to member organisations. Individual members have different benefits (please click here for more information on Individual Membership benefits).
FIP Member Organisations can benefit from FIP's support when they develop new activities aimed at improving pharmacists' practice.
To this end, FIP offers access to knowledge and experience from other national associations' activities and programmes, through:
- Guidelines on Good Pharmacy Practice (endorsed by WHO), on HIV for pharmacists, a framework to create a guide on counterfeit medicines for pharmacists and publications such as "Developing Pharmacy Practice": joint publication with WHO to help pharmacists to provide with patient-centered care or "Counselling, Concordance and Communication - Innovative education for pharmacists".
- A database gathering the activities, programmes and campaigns (e.g. health promotion, advocacy...) run by other national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. FIP can provide summaries in English of these activities as well as the material used for this campaign (e.g. guidelines, posters, radio spots...) when available.
- FIP abstracts, presentations and posters from the last several years of FIP congresses
Political and advocacy work
FIP supports the advocacy work of its Member Organisations, through:
- The FIP statements
- Summary of evidence on the impact of pharmacists' activities or on a specific topic (specific disease, emerging issue...)
- Best-practices exchange, through workshops organized during the FIP congress (e.g. on Governmental affairs: how member organisations handle their relationships with their parliament members and with their government)
- Report on hot issues (e.g. pharmacy workforce)
- Support in the review of pharmaceutical law / act and suggestions of improvement.
More resources are available on Member Organisations pages on the Members Only part of the FIP website.
Moreover, when a member organisation faces a specific political problem, personalised support is available through the FIP officers and FIP staff, consisting of different strategies available to solve the issue (based on the
experience of other member organisations), key arguments to support member organisations' views and any other relevant tools.
Connect with other pharmacy organisations
FIP keeps its Member Organisations informed of latest news in the pharmacy world through a Newsletter specifically for Member Organisations and through the journals of FIP (International Pharmacy Journal, Pharmacy Education).
At the annual FIP Congress, FIP facilitates exchanges amongst the leaders of pharmacy through special social events and specific facilities for member organisations' delegates.
FIP can also assist member organisations in organising visits to other countries to discuss specific topics.
Recognition of pharmaceutical organisations and its members at the international level
FIP Member Organisations are offered the opportunity to:
- Showcase their innovations/activities during FIP congress,
- Present events (conferences...) on the Event List on the FIP website
- Submit communications / articles in the International Pharmacy Journal
- Suggest speakers at the FIP congress
- Suggest pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists for FIP awards
All these opportunities increase the recognition of both your organisation and your country at the global level.
Impacting global health
As part of FIP policy, Member Organisations receive the latest news from the world health community (including the World Health Organization), which are relevant for pharmacy leaders.
Through their involvement as part of the Council (i.e. the General Assembly of FIP), Member Organisations take part in the decisions of FIP, such as the nomination and election of officers or the modification and adoption of FIP statements
Is your association of pharmacists and/or pharmaceutical scientists interested in joining FIP?
Please have a look if the criteria for acceptance of membership are met. These criteria are defined in the FIP Statutes, under article 5 - Member Organisations
Under article 9 - Admission of members, you will have a short description of the process leading to the admission of a new member organisation. More detailed information about the process is available in the FIP Rules of Procedure BU-1 Admission and cancellation of Member Organisations.
Please keep in mind that a country may be represented by more than one member organisation.
If your association wishes to apply for the status of Member Organisation of FIP, please send a letter signed by an authorized officer of the association (e.g. your president or your CEO) with a copy of the statuses, in English, French, Spanish or German, and the number of pharmacists and/or pharmaceutical scientists to FIP.