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FIP Development Goal 9: Continuing professional development strategies


 FIP Development Goal 9 Workforce Element

FIP Development Goal 9 [w]



Globally, we will have:

All professional development activity clearly linked with needs-based health policy initiatives and pharmaceutical career development pathways.


  • Evidence of an effective continuing professional development strategy according to national and local needs.

  • Development of programmes to support professional development across all settings of practice and all stages of a pharmacist’s career.Ideally, this should be linked with all professional development activities across the workforce.

  • Education in continuing professional development strategies and self-directed behaviours should be initiated at the student level.

  • Development of programmes to support return to practice after career breaks or sector changes.

View the FIP Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 9 Advanced and specialist development here.


FIP Development Goal 9 Practice Element

FIP Development Goal 9 [p]



Globally, we will have:

In-practice and needs-based continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing education (CE) linked to career development pathways and practice frameworks.


  • Develop and implement CPD requirements for renewal of licensure, registration and/or advanced practice and specialist recognition.

  • Ensure the provision of continuing education opportunities in the workplace.

  • Recognise life-long learning within pharmacists’ professional journey.

  • Develop online programmes for continuing education and training which lead to certification or credentialing.


FIP Development Goal 9 Science Element 

FIP Development Goal 9 [s]



Globally, we will have:

Integrate professional development as an essential component of advanced pharmaceutical sciences.


  • Facilitate collaboration between academia, industry, and government to identify professional development priorities for pharmaceutical scientists.

  • Inventory professional development opportunities for pharmaceutical scientists.

Find out more about the 21 FIP Development Goals for transforming global pharmacy here.
Last update 30 September 2020

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