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Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 12

Welcome to the Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 12 Pharmacy intelligence. This guide collates all information, evidence and expertise from FIP to support our members with measuring progress, evaluation, implementation and transformation processes. To access the full Workforce Reference Guide for the FIP Development Goals, click here.

FIP Development Goal 12 Workforce Element

Globally, we will have

A national strategy and corresponding actions to collate and share workforce data and workforce planning activities (skill mixes, advanced and specialist practice, capacity). Without workforce intelligence data there can be no strategic workforce development.


  • An operational global pharmaceutical observatory
  • Develop monitoring systems to identify workforce trends to enable decision making on deployment and supply of pharmaceutical workforce, noting that time-lags are often present in these activities.
  • Ideally, this should be linked with stewardship and leadership for professional leadership bodies.

View all elements of FIP Development Goal 12 here.

FIP Reports


FIP Publications

  • Bates I, John C, Seegobin P, Bruno A. (2018), An analysis of the global pharmacy workforce capacity trends from 2006 to 2012. Human Resources for Health, 16:1-9. doi: 10.1186/s12960-018-0267-y.
  • Bates I, John C, Bruno A, Fu P, Aliabadi S. (2016), An analysis of the global pharmacy workforce capacity. Human Resources for Health, 14(61):1-7. doi: 10.1186/s12960-018-0267-y.
  • Takeda K, John C, Alnahar SA, Bader L, Bates I. Achieving Sustainable Developments Goal 3 on health from worldwide pharmacy workforce. Journal of Global Health.2020, [IN PRESS].


Workforce Development Hub Global Leads for FIP Development Goal 11


Marcelle Claquin (Mozambique)

GFF (Global Financing Facility) Liaison Officer, Mozambique Ministry of Health.



Kayoko Takeda (Japan)

Associate professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical education, Hokkaido University of Science.



Saja Al Nahar (Jordan)

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice Division, Faculty of Pharmacy, Yarmouk University.


 Find out more about the FIP Workforce Development Hub and our other Global Leads here.


Ongoing projects

  • We working to support the FIP Global Pharmacy Observatory with indicators development for the FIP Development Goals.
  • We are working with the YPG & IPSF on a workforce migration project to understand factors affecting migration of young pharmacists & students.

Bibliography & further reading

  • World Health Organization. Working for Health and Growth, High-level Commission on Health, Employment and Economic Growth. Working for Health and Growth. 2016:1-69.
  • Migration of Health Workers, WHO Code of Practice and the Global Economic Crisis [Internet]. World Health Organization. 2014.
  •  Tim M, Geoffrey N.S. “Push-pull” factors influencing international student destination choice. International Journal of Educational Management. 2002;16:82-90.
  •  Li M, Bray M. Cross-border flows of students for higher education: Push–pull factors and motivations of mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong and Macau. Higher Education. 2007;53:791-818.
  •  Hear NV, Bakewell O, Long K. Push-pull plus: reconsidering the drivers of migration. Journal of Ethic and Migration Studies. 2018;44:927-44.
  • Jamison T, Summers LH, Alleyne G, Arrow KJ, Berkley S, Binagwaho A, et al. Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation. Lancet. 2013;382:1898-955.
  • World Health Organization. Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030. 2016:1-64.
  • Labonté R, Sanders D, Mathole T, Crush J, Chikanda A, Dambisya Y, et al. Health worker migration from South Africa: causes, consequences and policy responses. Human Resources for Health. 2015;13:1-16.
  • Wuliji T, Carter S, Bates I. Migration as a form of workforce attrition: a nine-country study of pharmacists. Human Resources for Health. 2009;7:1-10.
  • Frances O-D, Felicity S, Rita S. Addressing the workforce crisis: the professional aspirations of pharmacy students in Ghana. Pharmacy World & Science. 2008;30:577-83.


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Last update 30 September 2020

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