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2013 FIPEd Global Education Report Launched

On the 4th of September 2013, at the 73rd International FIP World Congress, the International Pharmaceutical Federation Education Initiative (FIPEd) launched the 2013 FIPEd Global Education Report (available here), the first publication of its kind to provide a baseline on the current status and transformation of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education worldwide.

In recent times, the roles and responsibility of pharmacists have been evolving from a single focus on the actual medicine to patient-oriented pharmaceutical services provision.  A foundation of scientific and professional education and training is a key factor for health care professionals to develop the capability to improve therapeutic outcomes, enhance patients’ safety and quality of life and help people to stay healthy, as well as advance science and practice. For pharmacy, contemporary forms of initial education and training are vital for the profession to meet the increasingly complex pharmaceutical and public health care demands of populations.

The 2013 FIPEd Global Education Report presents the current pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education and workforce situation across 109 countries and territories around the world, representing around 175,000 students and 2,500 education institutions worldwide. Data indicates that education, in both capacity and infrastructure varies considerably between countries and WHO regions and generally correlates with population size and country level economic development indicators. There needs to be an on-going effort to ensure that initial education and training meets the pharmaceutical health needs of nations.    Initial education is key in the development of the health care workforce for the future; better science, better practice, and better health care are all linked to the responsible use of medicines.

The 14 case studies included in the Report provide an overview of the transformation that is occurring in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education globally. Notably there is a shift to patient centered, team based practice and to clinically focused, integrated curricula with increasing opportunities for patient and practice centered learning.  Nonetheless there is still a shortage of pharmacist academics and of clinical preceptors worldwide. The understanding of education, and the factors that influence it, are essential for human resource planning and for achieving universal access to medicines.

Dr Henri Manasse Jr, Chair of the FIPEd Steering Committee, said ”The global recognition that medicines and biologicals are key elements of addressing population health needs, demands a focused review of current and planned educational programs in pharmacy.  Curricula must be robust and comprehensive in order to give the graduate the skills, attitudes and knowledge for accountable care to patients.  Appropriate resources such as faculty, laboratories and leadership are critical to accomplish these goals.”

Advancement of our profession, of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and educators, is strongly dependent on robust, and contemporary education programmes for initial and lifetime education. Education institutions need to provide quality education that meets national and global standards and engage in a socially accountable manner to serve the needs of individual patients and the society as a whole. Moreover, there needs to be a strong alignment between the outcomes of pharmacy education and the overall health needs of nations.

 “Better training provides better care, and this is as true in pharmacy as it is in medical education” said  Professor Ian Bates, Director for the FIPEd Development Team – “Pharmacy education is the key foundation to ensure responsible use of medicines and so we have an obligation to engage not just with initial education and training but also with career-long learning and professional development.  The FIP Education Initiative aims to ensure that this becomes a global mantra, and the FIPEd Global Education Report 2013 will provide a platform for this global mission”.

FIPEd shares this knowledge from our Members, to our Members and beyond, to trigger dialogue and action towards stronger policies and education for health. With hope that this will stimulate collaboration between all stakeholders, including professional organisations and education institutions taking up the important role of advocating education reform at the national level.

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Key Messages and Summary of the report are also available in: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

For more information about the 2013 FIPEd Global Education Report please contact Dr Andreia Bruno at education@fip.org.

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