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Taiwan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) - Twinning Programme for Good Pharmacy Practice

Submitted by Lucy Yun-Ju Pan (International Committee Officer of TSHP)

The concept of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) was first introduced by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 1993. Many pharmaceutical associations across the world today have adopted their own GPP Guidelines made suitable for the practical situation of pharmacy practice in their country based on the FIP GPP Guidelines.

In support of FIP's view of the need to assist developing countries achieve GPP, Taiwan Society of Health-system Pharmacists (TSHP) has strived to spread the practice of GPP in developing countries through a "GPP Collaborative Project". Its purpose is to encourage, coordinate and implement inter-country sharing of resources and to promote the exchange of materials and experiences in GPP. The GPP Collaborative Project was successfully initiated with the Mongolian Pharmaceutical Association in 2009 and the South American Pharmaceutical Federation in 2010.

Led by President Shin-Tarng Deng and General Secretary Mary Wang, TSHP in 2011 extended its inter-country cooperation to a new member organization of FIP, Nepal Pharmaceutical Association (NPA). As part of the Project, President Uttam Budathoki and Treasurer Ganesh Maharjan of NPA were invited to China Taiwan to gain an insight of the current state of pharmacy practice in China Taiwan and to facilitate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TSHP and NPA for collaboration on GPP. Current good pharmacy practices in both countries were shared at the TSHP Annual Conference in Taichung and field trips were coordinated to the Taiwan Drug Relief Foundation and Shin Kong Wu-Ho Su Memorial Hospital. The hospitality will be reciprocated this February when President Shin-Tarng Deng and General Secretary Mary Wang travels to Nepal to identify areas in which TSHP can provide further assistance in implementation of GPP in Nepal.