The Hague • 21 September 2020
Goals to support the transformation of the pharmacy profession around the world have been launched today by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The FIP Development Goals build on the 13 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals for pharmacy education developed by the federation in 2016. Additions have been made to these 13 goals and eight new goals have been developed, providing a total of 21 goals relevant to fields of practice and science as well as to workforce and education.
The new goals cover:
• Medicines expertise
• People-centred care
• Communicable diseases
• Antimicrobial stewardship
• Access to medicines, devices and services
• Patient safety
• Digital health
• Sustainability in pharmacy
“These goals are a major development for pharmacy, providing a comprehensive key resource facilitating needs-based transformation of our whole profession nationally, regionally and globally. They are a logical next step, linking the pharmaceutical workforce with the pharmaceutical services we deliver, underpinned by pharmaceutical science,” said Dr Catherine Duggan, CEO, FIP.
The FIP Development Goals offer a framework that organisations can use for national needs assessments and prioritisation. Each goal is accompanied by a number of mechanisms towards its achievement. Guided by these goals, stakeholders can develop country-level metrics to monitor and measure trends and progress. FIP member organisations will be further supported with programmes such as the FIP Workforce Transformation Programme, which supports the implementation of action plans tailored for each country.
“Having a clear and supportive, systematic and integrated global framework for the entire profession has many benefits. For example, the development goals can be used to facilitate applied research and evaluation in education and practice by universities and professional leadership bodies, respectively,” Dr Duggan said.
She added: “This framework can also be a basis for investment in pharmacy healthcare by governmental agencies and funding authorities, and for national planning and delivery of policy initiatives. These goals are a basis for the sharing of best practice, and will encourage global cohesion, solidarity and concerted action. This is, and will remain, a work in progress for the decade ahead.”
Notes for editors
FIP’s 13 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals, inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aim to ensure alignment of the pharmacy workforce with global health care needs.
The FIP Workforce Transformation Programme assists countries to develop needs-based national workforce strategies and infrastructure.
Links The FIP Development Goals can be accessed here.
Images Graphics representing the FIP Development Goals can be found here.
About FIP The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through its 146 member organisations, it represents over four million practitioners and scientists around the world. www.fip.org
About FIP Virtual 2020 FIP Virtual 2020 is a three-week programme of international pharmacy events running from 4 to 25 September.
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