The Global Pharmaceutical Observatory (GPO), developed and maintained by FIP, is a worldwide data hub informing the advocacy work of our members and partners including in areas of policy development, decision-making, the advancement of pharmaceutical practice, health and life-sciences, education and skills training, and, of course, workforce intelligence. We have developed the vision and mission for the GPO in collaboration with our members.
Vision of FIP’s GPO (5 year)
The GPO will become the most comprehensive and most respected source of data and intelligence on pharmacy workforce, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science worldwide. The observatory provides a window on the work and impact of the global pharmaceutical community wherever you are.
FIP’s GPO mission (Present state)
Our mission is to collate and validate, effectively and efficiently, global data on the pharmacy workforce, practice and pharmaceutical science. We undertake comprehensive analyses and provide accessible, high quality intelligence that supports our member organisations in their work. We communicate this innovatively, thereby promoting our member organisations’ contribution to health. We provide evidence-based strategic information, reports and guidance on the application of pharmaceutical science, policies, practices and services.
To do this, we engage with and work in partnership with our member organisations, key stakeholders and global thought-leaders.
By delivering this mission, we will contribute to the wider FIP Development Goals and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
An update of the GPO was presented at this FIP Virtual 2020 event: "ONE FIP: re-imagining the possible with data (powered by GPO)":
Tracking the FIP Development Goals
Progress with the FIP Development Goals are measured and monitored via the data collected in the GPO.
One FIP GPO Data & Intelligence Commission
The commission provides strategic advice to FIP on the advocacy and delivery of the GPO project, focusing on achievement of the vision and the strategic objectives through member engagement. It is chaired by Robert Sindelar, professor and dean emeritus of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada. Members of the commission, who have been selected to ensure that the GPO has regional applicability and sectoral relevance and who together provide a breadth of experience globally, are as follows:
• Nadia Al Mazrouei (Eastern Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Forum)
• Naoko Arakawa (FIP Academic Pharmacy Section)
• Denis Awitty (African Pharmaceutical Forum)
• Al Carter (FIP Regulators Forum)
• Paul Fahey (FIP Technology Forum)
• Paul Gallagher (FIP Academic Institution Members)
• Prosper Hiag (African Pharmaceutical Forum)
• John Jackson (Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum)
• Oussama Madadi (International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation)
• Rob Moss (FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section)
• Ayman Noreddin (Eastern Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Forum)
• Leonila Ocampo (Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum)
• Virginia Olmos (Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas)
• Sonia Queiros (FIP member organisations in Europe)
• Lorena Quirós (Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas)
• Adam Rathbone (FIP Young Pharmacists Group)
• Charlotte Rossing (FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
• Rikke Løvig Simonsen (FIP member organisations in Europe)
• Lars-Åke Söderlund (FIP Community Pharmacy Section)
• Rao Vadlamudi (South East Asia Region Pharmaceutical Forum)
One FIP GPO Data & Intelligence Commission Terms of Reference
For more about FIP’s GPO, click here.
- Takeda Mamiya K, John C, Alnahar S, Bader L, Bates I. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health from the global pharmacist workforce. 2020 Journal of Global Health. 2020.
- Bates I. Human resources for health: Workforce mapping and transformation. In “Delivering primary health care: FIP Regional Conference for the European Region”. The Hague, NL. International Pharmaceutical Federation. 2020.
- Dawoud D, Chen A, Rossing C, Garcia Cardenas V, Law A, Aslani P, Bates I, Babar Z, Desselle S. Pharmacy Practice Research Priorities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations of a Panel of Experts Convened by FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Special Interest Group. Res Soc Admin Pharm August 2020.
- Al-Haqan A, Smith F, Al-Taweel D, Bader L, Bates I. Using a global systematic framework tool to guide the advancement of the pharmacy workforce education and training on a national level. Res. Soc. Admin. Pharm. 2020.
- Al-Haqan A, Smith F, Bader L, Bates I. Competency development for pharmacy: adopting and adapting the Global Competency Framework. Res. Soc. Admin. Pharm. 2020
- Arakawa N, Bruno A, Bates I. A Global Comparison of Initial Pharmacy Education Curricula: An Exploratory Study. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy. 2020: 11(1); Article 8.
- Bader L, Bates I, Galbraith K. Trends in advanced practice and specialization in the global pharmacy workforce: A synthesis of country case studies. Int. J. Pharm Practice. 2020; 28: 182-190.
- Bates I, Bader L, Galbraith K. A global survey on trends in advanced practice and specialisation in the pharmacy workforce. Int. J. Pharm Practice. 2020; 28: 173-181.
- Mukhalalati BA, Bader L, Alhaqan A and Bates I. Transforming the pharmaceutical workforce in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Call for Action. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 2019; 25.
- Bates I, Bader L, Meilianti S, Hussain H, Klahn P. “The Global View: Evidence and data on worldwide gender equity in pharmacy” In: International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). FIP EquityRx Collection: Inclusion for all, equity for all. The Hague: International Pharmaceutical Federation; 2019.
- Law M, Bader L, Uzman N, Williams A, Bates I. The FIP Nanjing Statements: shaping global pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education. Res Soc Admin Pharm. 2019.
- Bader LR, Bates I, John C. From workforce intelligence to workforce development: advancing the Eastern Mediterranean pharmaceutical workforce for better health outcomes. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 2018; 24(9): 899–904.
- Bruno A, Bader L, Bates I., Brock T., Galbraith K., Anderson C., Larson I., Paulino E., Rouse M., Tofade T., Boone J., Carrasqueira J, James S, Yi W. Structured Multi-Stakeholder Workshops to Advance a Global Transformative Roadmap for Pharmaceutical Workforce. Innovations in Pharmacy 2018; 9 (3): Article 13.
- Bates I, John C, Meilianti S, Bader L. Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence: Global Trends report 2018. International Pharmaceutical Federation. The Hague, 2018, NL 2017 ISBN 978-0-902936-44-7
- Ekpenyong A, Udoh A, Kpokiri E, Bates I. An analysis of pharmacy workforce capacity in Nigeria. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. 2018; 11 (20).
- Bates I, John C, Seegobin P, Bruno A. An analysis of the global pharmacy workforce capacity trends from 2006 to 2012. Human Resources for Health 2018; 16:3.
- Udoh A, Bruno A, Bates I, Galbraith K. Transnational comparability of advanced pharmacy practice developmental frameworks: A country-level crossover mapping study. Int. J. Pharm. Prac., 2018; 26: 550-559.
- Bader L, Bates I. (eds) Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and the workforce: A global report. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The Hague, NL 2017 ISBN 978-0-902936-41-6.
- International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Transforming Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education in the Context of Workforce Development. International Pharmaceutical Federation. The Hague, NL 2017 ISBN-978-0-902936-40-9.
- Galbraith K, Coombes I, Matthews A, Rowett D, Bader LR, Bates I. Advanced pharmacy practice: Aligning national action with global targets. J Pharm Practice & Research. 2017; 47: 131–135.
- Bates I, John C, Bruno A, Fu P, Aliabadi S. An Analysis of the Global Pharmacy Workforce Capacity. Human Resources for Health, 2016.
- Rosado H and Bates I. An overview of current pharmacy impact on immunisation – A global report 2016. International Pharmaceutical Federation, 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-0-902936-38-6.
- Bruno A and Bates I. (eds) Transforming Our Workforce. International Pharmaceutical Federation 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-0-902936-37-9.
- International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Inter-professional Education in a Pharmacy Context. FIP Collaborating Centre. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Hague 2015. ISBN-13 978-0-902936-35-5.
- Bates, I., John, C., Bruno, A. (eds). Global Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence: Trends Report. FIP Collaborating Centre. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Hague 2015. ISBN 978-0-902936-34-8.
- Bates, I., Galbraith, K., Bruno A. (eds). Advanced Practice and Specialisation in Pharmacy. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Hague 2015. ISBN 978-0-902936-33-1.
- Bruno A., Bates I. (eds). Global Education Report. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), 2013. The Hague, The Netherlands: International Pharmaceutical Federation.
- Gall, D., Bates, I., & Bruno, A. (eds). Global Pharmacy Workforce Report. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) 2012. The Hague, The Netherlands: International Pharmaceutical Federation.
- Anderson C., Bates I., Brock T., Brown AN., Bruno A., Futter B., Rennie T., Rouse MJ. Needs-Based Education in the Context of Globalization. Am J Pharm Educ 2012; 76 (4): Article 56.
- Bruno, A., Bates, I., Brock T and Anderson C. Towards a Global Competency Framework. Am. J. Pharm. Educ. 2010; 74 (3) Article 56.
- Wuliji T., Carter S., Bates I. Migration as a form of workforce attrition: a nine-country study of pharmacists. Human Resources for Health 2009, 7: 32.
- Bates I., Bruno A. Competence in the Global Pharmacy Workforce. A discussion paper. Int.Pharm.J. 2009, 23: 30-33.
- Anderson C., Bates I., Beck D., Brock T., Futter B., Mercer H., Rouse M., Wuliji T., and Yonemura A. The WHO UNESCO FIP Pharmacy Education Taskforce: Enabling Concerted and Collective Global Action. Am.J.Pharm. Educ. 2008,72 (6), article 127.