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FIP Development Goal 1: Academic capacity


 FIP Development Goal 1 Workforce Element

FIP Development Goal 1 [w]



Globally, we will have:

Engagement with pharmaceutical higher education development policies and ready access to leaders in all sectors of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science in order to support supply-side workforce development agendas.


  • Increase the capacity to provide a competent pharmaceutical workforce by developing initial education and training programmes that are fit for purpose, according to national health resource needs (clinical practice, pharmaceutical science areas and stakeholders across all cadres).

  • Develop new and innovative ways to attract young pharmacists into all areas of pharmaceutical practice and science (e.g., encourage young pharmacists to consider careers in clinical academia, as preceptors/trainers, in industrial pharmacy, regulatory sciences, nuclear and veterinary pharmacy, among others).

  • Capacity building should include the ability to meet minimum national standards of facilities, educators and student support in order to ensure access to quality education for all students.

  • Enhance interdisciplinary & interprofessional education and collaboration with key stakeholders, including governments, national and international health & pharmaceutical organisations and patient advocacy groups to achieve sustainable solutions for capacity development.

  •  The clinical academic educator workforce needs more attention to training, career development and capacity building, which must, importantly, include research capacity enhancement.

  • Using data and evidence to support investment in pharmaceutical higher education

View the FIP Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 1 Advanced and specialist development here.


 FIP Development Goal 1 Practice Element

FIP Development Goal 1 [p]



Globally, we will have:

Capacity for in-practice training and development linked with education providers; pathways for professional advancement from foundation training through to advanced practice and/or specialisation.


  • Develop the capacity and infrastructures for teacher practitioners and in-practice education providers to support practice advancements including the provision of specialist training.

  • Develop frameworks, standards, and structures for post-graduate and advanced education and training.

  • Develop interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and training structures integrated in practice.

  • Develop robust training performance indicators that can be utilised within training programs across a variety of practice settings, allowing for evaluation of performances and assessment of competences


 FIP Development Goal 1 Science Element

FIP Development Goal 1 [s]     



Globally, we will have:

Institutional academic capacity to deliver quality pharmaceutical sciences education and training for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who contribute to patient care, new discoveries and development, clinical utilisation, marketing regulations, and the economic assessment of health products. 


  • Collaborate with academic leaders, professional organizations, regulatory bodies, and the pharmaceutical industry to define regional and global needs for the pharmaceutical sciences.

  • Build relationships with relevant stakeholders to best align scientific content of academic courses with contemporary professional practice in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

  • Inventory global pharmaceutical sciences training opportunities to broaden student access to curricular content.


Find out more about the 21 FIP Development Goals for transforming global pharmacy here.

Last update 30 September 2020

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