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New data depict state of progress in pharmacy workforce development

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Seoul • 12 September 2017

Twenty-one countries, representing all five World Health Organization regions, have shared information on their pharmaceutical workforce development work in a new publication by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). “Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and workforce: A global report” was launched today at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It contains the findings of a survey of FIP member organisations and educators, and concludes that, while progress towards achieving FIP’s 13 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals (PWDGs; developed in 2016) varies, all countries, regardless of economic status, have reported some degree of alignment with the goals, which cover issues such as having competency-based training frameworks and advanced and specialist development.

Case studies from the following countries can be found in the publication: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Great Britain, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Paraguay, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, UAE, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The document, intended as a tool for FIP member organisations to support the adoption of the PWDGs, contains evidence-based expert recommendations, such as on strategies for advancing the workforce agenda. It also highlights that global engagement is needed to make research, development and evaluation strategies the critical next step in workforce development. In particular, it promotes more routine use of technology-driven education and discusses better ways of evaluating this.

“This publication is a starting point for a global discussion on how to achieve progress on workforce development goals through evidence, evaluation and progressive policy planning. FIP encourages global leaders in professional education research, in addition to leadership bodies and universities, to contribute to the process of identifying a global agenda for workforce development,” said Professor Ian Bates, FIP Education development team director.

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Links: “Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and workforce: A global report” can be found here:

Click on the titles below to access related strategic documents from FIP Education:

  1. Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals
  2. “Transforming pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education in the context of workforce development”
  3. Statements on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education (“Nanjing Statements”)
  4. Global Vision for Education and Workforce

Interviews: Professor Bates is available for interview on request.


The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through its 140 member organisations, it represents over three million practitioners and scientists around the world.

About the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
FIP’s 77th annual World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is being held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 14 September. Some 2,600 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from 94 countries are in attendance.


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Last update 5 July 2018

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