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On Saturday, 29 August the Council of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) met under the occasion of the 70th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lisbon, Portugal to elect Dr Michel Buchmann (Switzerland) as the new FIP President. Dr Buchmann will serve a four year term (to 2014) following the Presidency of Dr Kamal K. Midha, who will carry on as FIP Immediate Past President.

Dr Buchmann is assuming the role of FIP president after extensive experience within FIP Boards, community pharmacy practice and Swiss politics. In his remarks following the release of the Election Results Dr Buchmann reiterated his commitment to advancing FIP's Strategic Plan to advance pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy education on a global level.

In addition, FIP is pleased to welcome almost 3000 participants from 116 countries to the 2010 Congress, the largest pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences event in the world. The first days have already resulted in key developments for FIP and its global partners, such as the launch of the inaugural Deans Forum of the FIP Academic Institutional Membership (AIM) which serves to connect leaders of Academic Pharmacy Institutes on a global platform of faculty growth and expansion.

Please see further news items below for more information on Congress events and news.