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Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section

About us and our objectives

The Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section (SAPS) brings together FIP members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work in government departments of health, pharmaceutical companies, professional societies, chain pharmacies, wholesalers or with private healthcare providers such as health maintenance organisations. Others work as researchers in social pharmacy, academic administrators or consultants in various fields of health care. Our uniting interest is the organisation of pharmacy practice and the provision of evidence for decision-making in all areas related to pharmacy policy and advocacy.

Over recent years SAPS has built up special expertise in the following areas:

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Outcomes research
  • Research administration
  • Quality assurance
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Quality-of-life studies
  • Epidemiology
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Professional society management
  • Evaluation research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health planning
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Health policy investigations

We invite new FIP members to take the opportunity to make an impact in a smaller FIP section, and current FIP members to choose SAPS as a second or third membership option.


How we work

Our Executive Committee currently consists of:


Dr Timothy F Chen (Australia)


Ms Tara Hehir (Australia)


Dr Ola G. Al Ahdab (United Arab Emirates)


Dr Vaiyapuri  Subramaniam, (USA)

Immediate Past President

Dr Marion Schaefer (Germany)


Ms Silvana Nair Leite (Brazil)


Dr Cody Midlam (USA)


Filipa Alves da Costa (Portugal)


Mrs Yejide Oseni (Nigeria)


Dr Pamela Heaton (USA)


Israel Bimpe (Rwanda)

The current statutes of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section were adopted by the FIP Council on 28 August 2010.

FIP Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section (SAPS) Research Award

The FIP SAPS Research Award is established to fund new research initiatives. Projects should be relevant to SAPS or to FIP more broadly. SAPS is offering a €1,500 award to cover costs for the selected project. The uniting interest for SAPS is the organisation of pharmacy practice and the provision of evidence for decision-making in all areas related to pharmacy policy and advocacy.

SAPS has built up special expertise in Pharmacoeconomics, Outcomes research, Research administration, Quality assurance, Pharmacoepidemiology, Quality-of-life studies, Epidemiology, Patient satisfaction, Professional society management, Evaluation research, Evidence-based practice, Health planning, Regulatory affairs and Health policy investigations.

It is expected that the project would be suitable for presentation either via a poster or short oral presentation at a future FIP congress. Applicants must be members in good standing of the SAPS Section of FIP. 

The application form is required to be completed AND submitted prior to 1 April 2020 at

For more information on the research award and the marking rubric, please click here


At the FIP congress

During the FIP congress we organise programmes and social events for our pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences members, often in cooperation with other FIP sections or working groups. SAPS sessions at the 2017 World congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Seoul, Republic of Korea, included:

  • Listen better, talk better — Skills to improve medicines taking
  • Individualised medicines: And ethical approach
  • Gene-based therapy 101
  • Healthy ageing
  • Patient safety: How resilient are your services?
  • Medicine shortages: The International Toronto Summit and beyond

SAPS sessions at the FIP congress in 2016 included:

  • How to achieve good public health across cultures
  • Strengthening the profession through great promotional campaigns
  • eHealth, mHealth, smart health
  • Big data: Beauty or beast?

Each year during the FIP congress we hold a business meeting where members can make contact, contribute thoughts, and influence the future development of the section.


We publish our own section newsletter four times a year to keep members informed about SAPS activities between congresses.

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Annual report 

The SAPS annual report is available here.


Last update 9 April 2020

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