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FIP makes it a priority to publish the latest developments in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, related global news and prominent events. Our multi-media approach to keeping members, partners and peers informed of what is and will be affecting their area of practice or science is key to keeping information flowing through the FIP network.

2024 Gender-based disparities in the management of pain in pharmacy: "The gender pain gap"
2024 Iron deficiency anaemia: Managing symptoms and supporting self-care. A handbook for pharmacists
2024 Managing musculoskeletal pain in the community pharmacy: Report from an international insight board
2024 Advancing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences through the academic capacity assessment handbook (Summary version)
2024 E-labelling and digital transformation in pharmacy: Report from a FIP insight board
2024 Advancing pharmacy practices in vaccination: Preparing for winter. Report from a FIP insight board
2024 Advancing pharmacy practices in vaccination: Reaching at-risk and vulnerable groups. Report from a FIP insight board
2024 Advancing pharmacy practices in vaccination: Unlocking vaccine confidence. Report from a FIP insight board
2023 Vaccination: Benefits beyond specific diseases prevention. Summaries from the FIP digital events programme
2023 Pharmacy-based vaccination: Recent developments, success stories and implementation challenges
2023 Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship in the management of respiratory disease in the United States: Report from an insight board
2023 Community pharmacy insights: Supporting the need for self-care. A FIP Multinational Needs Assessment Programme report
2023 Key priorities in education and training for pharmacy professionals across 21 countries: Report of the FIP Multinational Needs Assessment Programme
2023 Pharmacy-based point-of-care testing: A global intelligence report
2023 Education and training needs of early career pharmacists in self-care: A focus on sore throat and gastrointestinal issues
2023 Substandard and falsified medical products: Regulatory self-assessment tool
2023 The role of pharmacists in relation to natural health products: Report from an international insight board
2023 Workforce sustainability and supporting positive practice in community pharmacy: An international report by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section
2023 Pharmacist-led common ailments schemes: A global intelligence report
2023 Pandemic preparedness, response and recovery: Lessons learnt for global pharmacy
2023 Ethics and the pharmacist: Privacy and confidentiality
2023 Supporting life-course immunisation through pharmacy-based vaccination: enabling equity, access and sustainability: A toolkit for pharmacists
2023 Sustainability in health care: The role of the pharmacist and pharmacy practice. Report from an international roundtable.
2023 Supporting tobacco cessation and the treatment of tobacco dependence: A handbook for pharmacists
2023 FIP knowledge and skills reference guide for tobacco cessation and other risk factors in NCDs
2023 Identifying pharmacy-led actions for improving health literacy: Report from an international advisory roundtable
2023 Health inclusivity, agency and empowerment: Developing solutions to help pharmacists drive better health outcomes: Report from an international insight board
2023 Advancements in digital pharmacy post COVID-19: Report from the FIP Technology Advisory Group
2023 Enabling people-centred personalised care on pain in pharmacy: Report from an international roundtable
2023 What community pharmacy teams need to support good hygiene as part of people's self-care
2023 How can digital health interventions support national pharmaceutical care delivery? Report from a roundtable hosted by FIP 2023
2023 The role of pharmacists in closing the gender pain gap: Report from an international insight board
2023 Managing reflux symptoms in the community pharmacy: Quick reference guide for pharmacists
2022 The role of pharmacists in promoting female intimate wellness: Report from an international insight board
2022 The role of pharmacists in managing reflux-like symptoms: Report from an international insight board
2022 Self-care: Reclassification of medicines and its impact on access
2022 Sports pharmacy practice and education: A global overview
2022 HIV prevention, screening and management: A handbook for pharmacists
2022 Sore throat: Quick reference guide for pharmacists
2022 The global response of pharmacy to the pandemic: The contribution of the profession to COVID-19
2022 Cardiovascular diseases: A handbook for pharmacists
2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in cardiovascular diseases
2022 Cancer: A handbook for pharmacists
2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in cancer care

A companion to the FIP cancer care handbook for pharmacists 

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in chronic respiratory diseases

This knowledge and skills reference guide provides a comprehensive list of required knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical and related care to support pharmacists to develop, upskill and refresh knowledge in CRDs and related roles in pharmacy. The guide supplements the FIP handbook on CRDs for pharmacists and was developed in consultation with a global reference group.

2022 Chronic respiratory diseases: A handbook for pharmacists

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals prioritise universal health coverage (UHC) and commit to reducing the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as communicable diseases. This handbook is an important enabling tool to achieve those goals because it makes the case for the inclusion of care for chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs) as part of UHC and demonstrates the important role pharmacists have in achieving this.

2022 Optimising vaccination through coadministration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines: Guidance for pharmacists

This new guidance for pharmacists explores how vaccination strategies for two important respiratory conditions — COVID-19 and influenza — can and should be considered together and combined in an effective and impactful way to improve uptake rates for each vaccine.

2022 The FIP Development Goals report 2021: Setting goals for the decade ahead

This report provides a global status update on the FIP Development Goals launched on 2021 and aims at facilitating the next decade’s roadmap aligned with the UN Agenda 2030. The 21 FIP Development Goals align with FIP’s mission to support global health by enabling the advancement of pharmaceutical practice, sciences and education and are set to support pharmacy transformation in alignment with wider global imperatives such as the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in diabetes

This guide, which is intended as a companion to the FIP diabetes handbook for pharmacists published in 2021, will help pharmacists to identify and acquire the competencies, such as screening and clinical management, they need to provide services for patients with diabetes.

2022 Mental Health: A Handbook for Pharmacists

Developed in collaboration with an international group of experts, this handbook aims to support pharmacy practice, presenting the many potential mental health care actions that pharmacists can perform, from preventing mental illness and screening for signs to optimising medication and responding to mental health crises.

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in mental health

Intended to accompany "Mental health — A handbook for pharmacists", this publication defines the knowledge and skills that pharmacists need to acquire to provide mental health services.  

2022 Regional challenges and enablers to leveraging pharmacists as vaccinators

Outcomes from a series of regional roundtables.

2022 The role of pharmacists in iron deficiency anaemia: Report from an international advisory roundtable, hosted by FIP

Report of an international advisory roundtable gathered by FIP to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the role of pharmacists in iron deficiency anaemia.

2022 FIP engagement with our membership in 2021 at a glance. Capturing the voice of FIP members globally, to advance pharmacy worldwide
2022 Advocating expansion of the pharmacist’s role in immunisation: A focus on diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis booster, COVID-19 and meningitis vaccinations

This report provides intelligence from 36 countries around the world on pharmacists’ current role in vaccination services. The new data show that their role has expanded since the publication of a previous FIP report in 2020. This increase has been driven in part by the need for urgent and mass vaccination as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2022 FIP engagement with our membership 2021. Capturing the voice of FIP members globally, to advance pharmacy worldwide
2022 Empowering self-care. A handbook for pharmacists
2022 Self care support for community pharmacy teams
2022 Towards sustainable and universal healthcare systems and coverage
2022 Medication review and medicines use review. A toolkit for pharmacists
2022 The FIP Development Goals report 2021. Setting goals for the decade ahead
2021 Cold, flu and sinusitis: Managing symptoms and supporting self-care — A handbook for pharmacists
2021 Online pharmacy operations and distribution of medicines. Global Survey Report FIP Community Pharmacy Section
2021 Diabetes prevention, screening and management: A handbook for pharmacists
2021 Building vaccine confidence and communicating vaccine value: A toolkit for pharmacists
2021 The global threat of air pollution and its impact on patient care: Supporting pharmacy practice and workforce development
2021 Community pharmacy global report 2021

Findings of a survey across 79 countries on community pharmacy betweem November 2020 and January 2021, covering scope of practice and the sector’s regulation, distribution of medicines and remuneration, among other aspects.

2021 Community pharmacy at a glance 2021

Executive summary of FIP's "Community pharmacy global report 2021".

2021 FIP Vaccination handbook for pharmacists

With this publication, FIP aims to support individual pharmacists with understanding how they can contribute to improving vaccination coverage through services ranging from patient education and advice, to logistical roles and the administration of vaccines. This handbook provides guidance on the practical implementation of these services and includes guidelines on the procedures, safety aspects, common risk points and frequently asked questions about vaccines and their administration. This handbook does not seek to replace the training and certification of the pharmacy workforce for delivering vaccination services, but it may support them in their daily practice and in gaining an overview of these roles and how they may be performed.

2021 Nutrition and weight management services: A toolkit for pharmacists
2021 Medicines reconciliation. A toolkit for pharmacists

This toolkit outlines the principles and important processes that pharmacists should follow when providing a medicines reconciliation service.  It summarises the definitions, impact and procedures for the implementation of pharmacist-led medicines reconciliation in both community and hospital healthcare settings and offers a set of tools to support practice. The toolkit contributes to the World Health Organization’s third Global Patient Safety Challenge — “Medication without harm”.

2020 Vector borne diseases: A handbook for pharmacists

A handbook to support pharmacists in preventing, controlling, managing and treating vector-borne diseases, produced in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas.
This publication provides an overview of vector-borne diseases and the actions that pharmacists can take. It covers:

• Education on prevention methods;
• Advice on the use of repellents;
• Compounding of mosquito repellents;
• Improving vaccination coverage;
• Optimising adherence to treatments; and
• Reducing social stigma.

2020 FIP Regional Conference for the European Region - Delivering primary health care: Pharmacists taking the next leap forward

This report contains the key messages from the FIP Regional Conference for the European Region on primary health care, held by FIP in collaboration the Turkish Pharmacists’ Association in 2019. It describes needs in the European Region in order for pharmacy to deliver breakthroughs for better primary health care and presents findings of a 2020 survey of FIP member organisations (n=16) to evaluate national pharmacy priorities and strategies towards the implementation of that commitment.

2020 Mitigating the impact of air pollution on health: The role of community pharmacists - Global survey report

This report presents the findings of an international survey on the awareness and roles of community pharmacists related to air pollution and respiratory health, with responses from 62 countries and territories.

It defines a number of barriers that must be overcome if the profession is to be able to practise to its full potential in this area. Intelligence from this survey may inform policymaking, advocacy efforts and new service development by pharmacist organisations around the world.

Goals to support the transformation of the pharmacy profession around the world.

2020 Patient safety: Pharmacists’ role in “Medication without harm”

This reference document describes the positive impacts of pharmacists in supporting “Medication without harm”. It provides information about what pharmacists can do to promote patient safety at an individual patient level, as well as at organisational and policy development levels, and includes case studies of best practice from Australia, Canada, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the USA. This publication highlights a need to shift towards a collaborative systems approach that promotes effective risk management and continuous quality assurance. 

2020 An overview of pharmacy's impact on immunisation coverage. A global survey

This report contains the findings of FIP’s latest survey  (2020) of pharmacy’s impact on immunisation coverage. It evaluates different aspects of pharmacist-led immunisation, including advocacy and awareness activities, regulatory frameworks, vaccine administration, reimbursement models, training and certification, vaccination records, and limitations and barriers to the expansion of pharmacy practice to include vaccine administration. A total of 99 countries and territories participated, making this the most comprehensive report published on this subject to date. 

2020 Give it a shot: Expanding immunisation coverage through pharmacists

This resource offers practical guidance on implementing a vaccination service and sets out the roles and technical requirements for pharmacy-based vaccines-related services.

2019 FIP global vaccination advocacy toolkit

Aims to provide FIP member organisations with cases and arguments for achieving or expanding the roles of pharmacists in increasing vaccination coverage and uptake. (Access exclusive to FIP member organisations.)

2019 mHealth: Use of mobile health technologies in pharmacy practice

This report contains the findings of a survey of FIP member organisations in 22 countries about the use of mHealth applications by pharmacists and apps developed or endorsed by those organisations. Many mHealth applications have been endorsed by professional bodies around the world. The report highlights some of these endorsed applications and identifies gaps for future development.

2019 Beating non-communicable diseases in the community: The contribution of pharmacists

The value of involving pharmacists in the prevention, early detection and management of non-communicable diseases is highlighted in this report. It contains reviewed published evidence of the impact of pharmacists in the fight against NCDs and recommends actions for national and local associations of pharmacists.

2018 Pharmacists supporting women and responsible use of medicines

In this reference document, attention is paid to the fact that women as informal caregivers considerably lighten the load of the healthcare labour force, often playing a crucial and underappreciated role in providing healthcare to families and communities. The evidence reveals that health systems rely on women’s contributions as important caregivers, but they do not adequately support women in this endeavour. This document also provides an overview of gender-based policies and a brief overview of current initiatives in this area.

2018 Use of medicines by the elderly: The role of pharmacy in promoting adherence

New medicines services, more counselling when a medicine is supplied again, dosage administration aids and reminder systems are among a list of pharmacy interventions with evidence of improving adherence to medication in elderly patients with chronic conditions. This report is intended as a tool to promote the role pharmacists can play in tackling adherence issues to governments and other agencies.

2018 Pharmacists in the supply chain: The role of the medicines expert in ensuring quality and availability

This report was released in a landscape of challenges such as substandard and falsified medicines, and a shortage of human resources in the health supply chain. The need to ensure effective and safe medicines supply prompted FIP to take a close look at the actual role of pharmacists in pharmaceutical supply chains. This report aims to provide a foundation from which improvement can develop. The report points out that investment in training and education are needed to strengthen pharmacists’ roles in supply chains, and it details the competencies that these roles require.

2017 Reducing harm associated with drugs of abuse: The role of pharmacists

The value of involving pharmacists in reducing harm from drugs of abuse is highlighted in this report, which describes harm reduction services such as needle exchange and opioid substitution in different regions and countries, including Europe, the USA, Canada, central Asia and the Middle East. In addition, against a background of shifting policies on marijuana around the world, the report also addresses questions over the supply from pharmacies of marijuana or cannabinoid-containing products for the purpose of medicinal use or recreational use, or both.

2017 Pharmacy at a glance (summary)

A publicly accessible summary of the 2015-17 detailed survey that FIP conducts every two years on the state of the pharmacy profession at the global level, giving an overview of topics ranging from the distribution of pharmacists in different sectors and access to pharmacies, to models of generic medicines dispensing/substitution and the availability of medicines online. The full report is available to FIP member organisations only.

2017 Reporting medicines shortages: Models and tactical options

An overview of some of the systems used to report medicines shortages around the world (eight medicines shortages reporting systems from six countries - Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa and the USA) comparing a range of features such as the scope of the shortages listed, the criteria applied (such as the predicted duration of a shortage) and the sources of information used. This report is intended to support the implementation of the World Health Assembly Resolution on “Addressing the global shortage of medicines and vaccines” adopted in 2016.

2017 Pharmacy as a gateway to care: Helping people towards better health

This reference paper reviews the current state of consumer interest in health care and presents a collection of evidence of pharmacy services related to self care and the value that pharmacists bring to health care systems in this way. It lays out the drivers of self care and profound changes in the way health care systems operate.

2017 Medicines information: Strategic development

The first time that the implementation of medicines information, which is key to the safe and effective use of medicines, has been explored at a global level. Medicines information can be inaccurate, overwhelming, biased, unhelpful or simply not well understood. This publication sets out a vision for collaboration and action towards ensuring high quality medicines information around the world, through the use of strategies.

2016 Establishing and distribution of community pharmacies; Models and policy options

This briefing document presents an overview of the most frequent policy options in terms of regulation of the establishment of community pharmacies in their territorial distribution, as well as key advocacy arguments for or against each model and a number of examples of how different countries or territories approach this issue.

2016 Ownership of community pharmacies: Models and policy options

This briefing document offers a summary of the most frequent scenarios in terms of community pharmacy ownership and some of the main arguments used for or against each model.  

2016 An overview of current pharmacy impact on immunisation: A global report

The findings of a survey of 45 countries conducted by the FIP Collaborating Centre at University College London, and commissioned by FIP, offers offers an international overview of pharmacists’ activities to support immunisation. The report includes in-depth case studies from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA, with advancement examples that can potentially be adopted by other countries to advocate for a national immunisation strategy that actively involves pharmacists as part of the public health agenda.

2016 Responding to disasters: Guidelines for pharmacy

The first global guidelines that support continued access to medicines and pharmacy expertise during natural disasters, such as floods, heat waves and earthquakes. This document was produced by FIP’s Pharmacy Emergency Management Working Group following extensive consultation.

2015 Sustainability of Pharmacy Services: Advancing Global Health
2015 Sustainability of Pharmacy Services: Advancing Global Health (summary)
2015 Global trends shaping pharmacy: Regulatory frameworks, distribution of medicines and professional services

This report provides a global overview of how different frameworks have been associated with certain types of pharmacy models and health services.   

2015 Establishing tobacco-free communities: A practical guide for pharmacists

This briefing document gives a number of examples from around the world, showcasing pharmacists’ value in performing health promotion, triage and referral as well as other interventions. It aims to make visible the contributions of pharmacists and provide a platform for future initia-tives that national pharmacy associations may run to support pharma-cists and the creation of well-designed interventions in pharmacies.

2015 Green pharmacy practice: Taking responsibility for the environmental impact of medicines

This reference document describes the different ways in which pharmaceuticals find their way into our water supplies, soil and atmosphere, and presents current findings on their levels in the environment. It also describes some of the negative effects that pharmaceuticals in the environment can have on living organisms and the actions that pharmacists have been taking to reduce their impact.

2015 Fighting antimicrobial resistance: The contribution of pharmacists

This briefing document reports what pharmacists have already been doing to avoid the further emergence of antimicrobial resistance, offering a menu of solutions drawn from around the world. These range from giving advice on influenza immunisation (thereby avoiding subsequent bacterial superinfections) and responsible prescribing of trimethoprim by pharmacists to treat urinary tract infections, to stewardship programmes to optimise antibiotic prescribing in hospitals, and the collection of left-over antibiotics.

2015 Focus on mental health: The contribution of the pharmacist

The briefing document gives an overview of the areas in mental health care in which pharmacists are involved, including health promotion, early detection, triage, optimising treatment outcomes, education (including addiction prevention), shaping public policies, research and interprofessional practice.

2015 Providing pharmaceutical care to migrant populations: Information and guidelines for pharmacists and the pharmacy

An FIP health advisory document to support the provision of pharmaceutical care to migrant populations. Additional tools include: - Software to convey medication instructions into Arabic - Leaflets to facilitate the dialogue between pharmacists and migrant patients: • German - Arabic • English - Arabic • French - Arabic • Spanish - Arabic - An example formulary for migrants into Europe (based on

2015 All you need to know about spurious medicines

This handbook was produced by the World Health Professions Alliance in cooperation with the Indian Pharmaceutical Association. It contains tips on preventing and detecting counterfeit medicines as well as advice on how to minimise the threat and change behaviours.

2015 Key findings of the FIP advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report

Summary of key findings of the “Advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report, 2015”. The intention of this document is to provide helpful guidance and navigation for FIP’s stakeholders and to inspire FIP member organisations to consider strategy development and actions at national level, and to enable them to prepare briefings and communiqués for their own networks and stakeholders.

2015 Advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report

The first ever international overview of the extent of the advanced and specialised roles that pharmacists are undertaking, and the mechanisms supporting these developments. This reports expands the global evidence base on the global status of advanced and/or specialised pharmacy practice scopes and the models in which they exist, informing the implementation of Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goal 4: Advanced and Specialist Development. Forty-eight countries and territories were surveyed to obtain country-level information regarding policy and implementation of advanced practice and specialisation. In addition, a series of seventeen country case studies were presented to illustrate an in-depth view of policy and implementation trends. The report outlines trends in policy development related to advanced and specialised roles, such as the development of national definitions, criteria and professional recognition systems.

2014 Pharmacist ethics and professional autonomy: imperatives forkeeping pharmacy aligned with the public interest

Reference paper authored by FIP's Working Group on Pharmacist Ethics and professional autonomy.

2014 Ebola virus disease: Information and guidelines for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce

Pharmacies are often the first point of contact with the health system for patients and people with health-related concerns. Designed to keep the whole pharmacy workforce well informed during the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa countries in 2014, this “Information and guidelines” document includes suggestions for pharmacy activities for providing the crucial public health service of preventing the spread of the disease, and a list of reliable sources of additional information.

2013 International summit on medicines shortage

In 2013, FIP organised the International Summit on Medicines Shortage in Toronto, Canada, providing a forum to discuss the causes, impact and solutions to medicines shortages through a multi-stakeholder approach. The summit made six major recommendations. This report contains a summary of the discussions and recommendations from the summit.

2012 From making medicines to optimising outcomes: The evolution of a profession 1912-2012

This booklet contains an analysis describing and explaining the global development of community and hospital pharmacy in the context of the demographic and allied developments of the past century. It seeks to evaluate the challenges and opportunities facing pharmacy as both a regulated business and a healthcare profession at the start of of the 21st century, and to consider public interests in its ongoing evolution.

2011 Pharmacists’ contributions to diabetes care

This briefing document showcases the contributions of pharmacists in diabetes care. It gives a number of examples from around the world, presenting services for diabetes patients and pharmacists-led cam-paigns to celebrate World Diabetes Day. It aimed to provide a platform for future initiatives that national pharmacy associations may run to support pharmacists and the creation of well-designed interventions in pharmacies.

2011 The effective utilization of pharmacists in improving maternal, newborn and child health (2011, Hyderabad)
2009 Good Pharmacy Practice reference paper (2009)
2009 Collaborative Practice (2009, Istanbul)
2006 WHO-FIP developing pharmacy practice handbook

A joint WHO-FIP publication on developing pharmacy practice, which aims to guide pharmacy educators in pharmacy practice, to educate pharmacy students and to guide pharmacists in practice to update their skills. This handbook, which brings together practical tools and knowledge, was written in response to a need to define, develop and generate global understanding of pharmaceutical care at all levels.

The FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory (GPO) is a worldwide data hub to inform the advocacy work of our members and partners.  

The FIP Atlas is a platform being developed to showcase our members’ needs and priorities (supported by the data from the GPO), allowing us to identify opportunities for developing pharmacy with, for and through our member organisations.  

Latest intelligence and data on the state of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science around the world.  


Last update 28 March 2022

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