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Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 4

Welcome to the Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 4 Advanced and specialist development. 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 4 Workforce Element

Globally, we will have:
Education and training infrastructures in place for the recognized advancement of the pharmaceutical workforce as a basis for enhancing patient care and health system deliverables.


  • Need for a common and shared understanding of what is meant by “specialisation” and “advanced practice” in the context of scope of practice and the responsible use of medicines.
  • Ensure competency and capability of an advanced and expert pharmacist in all sectors (including specialisations extending into industry and administration settings) for greater optimisation of complex pharmaceutical patient care. This may now include prescribing roles within a recognised scope of practice.
  • Systematic use of professional recognition programmes/systems as markers for advancement and specialisation across the workforce, including advanced pharmaceutical scientists.

View all elements of FIP Development Goal 4 Advanced and specialist development here.

FIP frameworks & tools

FIP Global Advanced Development Handbook: Supporting the advancement of the profession (2020)

FIP Reports

FIP Publications

Related events & training

Free Introductory Webinar to the FIP Global Advanced Development Framework. Watch here.  


Workforce Development Hub Global Leads for FIP Development Goal 4

    Desak Ernawati (Indonesia)
Academic and researcher, Pharmacology and Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana
  Kirstie Galbraith (Australia)
Director, Experiential Development and Graduate Education, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University
  Arit Udoh (United Kingdom)
Senior Clinical Trial CRD, University of Birmingham

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


    Sherly Meilianti
Research Analyst, Workforce Transformation Programme & Workforce Development Hub Extern


Ongoing projects

  • The Global Leads are working on several publications and projects, the latest of which included updating the FIP Global Advanced Development Framework following a global consultation in 2020. The GADF is currently being translated to several languages too.
  • Current work is being undertaken on terminology and descriptions of key terms and words relating to advanced practice and specialisation.
  • Global research publications reporting on FIP data on advanced and specialist development have been submitted to global journals for review.
  • The GADF is being nationally implemented through the Workforce Transformation Programme in Indonesia and Jordan.

Bibliography & further reading

  • Coombes I, Kirsa SW, Dowling HV, Galbraith K, Duggan C, Bates I. Advancing Pharmacy Practice in Australia: the Importance of National and Global Partnerships. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 2012;42(4):261-3.
  • Giberson S, Yoder S, Lee MP. Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice: A Report to the U.S. Surgeon General. In: Pharmacists OotC, editor.: U.S. Public Health Service; 2011.
  • Udoh A, Bruno A, Bates I, Galbraith K. Transnational comparability of advanced pharmacy practice developmental frameworks: a country-level crossover mapping study. The International journal of pharmacy practice. 2018;26(6):550-9.
  • McKenzie C, Borthwick M, Thacker M, Shulman R, Offord R, Tomlin M, et al. Developing a process for credentialing advanced level practice in the pharmacy profession using a multi-source evaluation tool. Pharmaceutical Journal. 2011;286.
  • Coombes I, Bates I, Duggan C, Galbraith KJ. Developing and Recognising Advanced Practitioners in Australia: An Opportunity for a Maturing Profession? Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 2011;41(1).
  • Meadows N, Webb D, McRobbie D, Antoniou S, Bates I, Davies G. Developing and validating a competency framework for advanced pharmacy practice. Pharmaceutical Journal. 2004;273(7327):789-92.
  • Jackson S, Martin G, Bergin J, Clark B, Stupans I, Yeates G, et al. An Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework for Australia. Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland). 2015;3(2):13-26.
  • Koh SK, Wong CM, Chan SC, Samarasekera D, Chan YH, Wong HC, et al., editors. Developing and validating a national Advanced Pharmacy Practice Competency Framework for Singapore. FIP World Congress; 2018; Glasgow.


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Last update 30 September 2020

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