Governmental and professional organisations with regulatory functions play an important and decisive role in overseeing the pharmacy profession and setting standards of practice, ethical conduct and public protection, namely by regulating workforce capacity and sustained performance and the scope of practice of pharmacists, to ensure patient safety and optimal health outcomes.
Recognising the need for international collaboration and potential coordination in terms of pharmacy regulation, in 2018, FIP established a permanent forum for pharmacy professional regulators to advise FIP and to enable FIP to advise and engage regulators on changing needs and emerging developments: the FIP Forum of Pharmacy Professional Regulators.
This forum provides a global platform for pharmacy professional regulators to share best practices, emerging trends and needs for the profession and associated regulations, thus contributing to protecting the public and achieving optimal health outcomes through a competent and adequately regulated pharmacy profession. This is mainly accomplished through collaboration among forum members in:
- Identifying key challenges and opportunities for pharmacy regulators at global, regional and national level, and developing tools and guidelines to address them
- Sharing and actively promoting innovative and evidence-based regulatory practices
- Sharing standards of practice and disciplinary options
- Sharing disciplinary data as appropriate
- Identifying challenges and opportunities in terms of workforce capacity and mobility, in coordination with other areas and constituencies across FIP.
The forum is chaired by a member appointed by the FIP Bureau. Ronald Guse, a pharmacist and former regulator from Canada, has been the chair since September 2020. The forum is governed by a nimble and expert committee composed of members from different geographical areas, ensuring global representation.
Would you like to join the forum? Membership is open to organisations that meet the following description: "ministries or organisations that regulate, inspect and/or accredit pharmacy practice, including education, for the protection of the public."
Some organisations may combine regulatory and other functions, such as advocacy or negotiating roles. Such organisations may become members of the forum to collaborate on issues related to professional regulation.
Please find below a useful tool developed by the Forum:
Regulatory self-assessment tool for pharmacy-based pandemic vaccination programme
This self-assessment tool, developed by the Forum, helps to identify strengths and areas for improvement in order to inform pandemic planning efforts ahead of current and future waves of COVID-19. It is an aid to help national ministries of health and regulators in assessing pandemic preparedness and the state of legislation and regulations within their countries to facilitate mass vaccination and testing and enhanced patient care through pharmacists and community pharmacies. Access the tool here in English. Translation is available in FRENCH, SPANISH and PORTUGUESE.