FIP Education

What is pharmacy education?

Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education develops a competent, professionally educated pharmaceutical workforce (e.g. pharmacist practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists, pre-service students and pharmacy support workforce) for a diversity of settings (e.g. community, hospital, industry and academia), through different stages (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education after registration) within an appropriate academic and institutional infrastructure.


About FIP Education

FIP Education (FIPEd) is the part of FIP that coordinates all the activities related to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education and workforce development. FIPEd integrates organisations and leaders who are working to improve health through advancing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education. It comprises:

We work in collaboration with FIP observer and member organisations, the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) and the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice (BPP).

As the global leadership body in pharmacy education, we ensure that high-quality education and training provide the foundation for workforce development, professional and scientific advancement, in order to meet present and future healthcare needs around the world.

FIPEd advocates the use of needs-based strategies where pharmacy education is socially accountable, where practice and science are evidence-based, and where pharmacy practitioners have the required competencies to provide the needed services to their communities.

To find out more about FIPEd and its recent activities, read our Activity Report 2017/18.

FIPEd works to transform and scale up pharmacy education to build a capable workforce

The strategic objectives of FIPEd are to:

  • Provide a global platform for exchange, mentoring and learning for all professional leaders, focusing on the development of leadership skills, academic provision and pedagogic skills. 
  • Build, advocate for, and disseminate evidence-based frameworks, consensus-based standards, tools and resources for educational development and support for members.
  • Develop and facilitate education-related policy that supports advancement of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science professions; these policies will be advocated and implemented with, and by, our stakeholders at global, regional and local levels. 
  • Foster innovation that will advance professional pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education, which will lead to improved global health services quality, delivery and productivity.

FIPEd has a five-year action plan setting out a programme of work to develop the healthcare workforce between 2014 and 2018. The plan is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.


Next ten years for pharmacy education and workforce development

FIPEd developed the Global Vision for Education, Nanjing Statements on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education and Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals as a roadmap to well-educated, competent, sufficient and well distributed pharmaceutical workforce. Pharmaceutical leaders can rely on these to develop and advocate for local transformational education & workforce strategies.


Structure of FIPEd

FIPEd Executive Committee

  • Chair: Prof William Charman
  • FIP Professional Secretary: Ms Ema Paulino
  • FIP Scientific Secretary: Prof. Giovanni Pauletti
  • President of FIP’s Academic Pharmacy Section: Prof. John Pieper
  • Director of UNESCO-UNITWIN Global Pharmacy Education Development Programme: Prof. Ralph Altiere
  • Chair of FIP’s Academic Institutional Membership: Prof. Wayne Hindmarsh
  • FIP Workforce Development Hub Director: Prof. Ian Bates 
  • FIP CEO: Dr Catherine Duggan (without voting rights)


  • FIP Young Pharmacists Group Chair: Ms Carolyn Dewart 
  • International Pharmaceutical Student’s Federation President: Ms Petra Orlic

FIP staff

  • FIPEd Manager: Ms Nilhan Uzman
  • FIPEd Project Coordinator & Researcher: Dr Lina R. Bader


Key FIPEd activities

FIPEd collects session proposals from education-focused FIP members for FIP annual congress and contributes to shaping the congress programme every year.

FIPEd organises a Global Deans Forum every year, held just before the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This connects global leaders of pharmacy schools and faculties around the world so that they can expand their networks and develop partnerships, as well as join sessions and workshops from highly regarded speakers. Registration for the Global Deans Forum is exclusive and free to is deans who are academic institutional members (AIMs) of FIP. If you are a dean and would like to become an AIM please get in touch (

FIPEd unites the pharmacy support workforce at the Pharmacy Technician’s Symposium just before FIP’s annual congress. The symposium acts as a global platform for this workforce to discuss their challenges, learn from each other, expand network and develop new skills.

FIPEd is a proud partner of the UNESCO’s UNITWIN scheme, with a special programme for pharmacy: the Global Pharmacy Education Development Network.



  • FIPEd publications
  • Pharmacy Education Journal The Pharmacy Education Journal provides a platform for publication to academic teachers and practitioners in professional education, with an emphasis on new and established teaching and learning methods, new curriculum and syllabus directions, guidance on structuring courses and assessing achievement, as well as the dissemination of new ideas on policy issues and current trends in the context of education and professional development.
  • PharmAcademy If you’d like to keep up-to-date with our activities, we invite you to join PharmAcademy, an online community of practice and learning space, that gives access to teaching resources and the Pharmacy Education Journal, and connects you with pharmacy educators around the world. Membership is open to all.
  • Global Pharmacy Workforce Observatory Without workforce intelligence data there can be no strategic workforce development and this observatory seeks to provide workforce intelligence to FIP member organisations and partners such as World Health Organization Human Resources for Health. The Global Pharmacy Workforce Observatory aims to support pharmacy human resources for health planning through improved global workforce intelligence and data. It actively supports national strategies and corresponding actions by collating and sharing workforce data and workforce planning activities (skill mixes, advanced and specialist practice, capacity).

Last updated 13/04/2018

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