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Community pharmacy section activities


CPS members can access online continuing education. 

CPS Summit in Buenos Aires

CPS is organising a CPS Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 6 March 2024. Programme is here.
Local pharmacists and regional associations representatives attended.


At the FIP congress  

During the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the CPS organises a week-long programme, aligned with the overall congress topic and tailored for community pharmacists, including practitioners, researchers and pharmacy leaders.

The FIP congress is also an important showcase for community pharmacists and we invite you to present your work, either as a short oral communication or as posters.

Our section’s annual steering committee meeting is also held during the congress.

Participating in the congress gives you opportunities to benchmark, learn from pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences colleagues from all over the world and make new friends. In addition to continuing education, there’s a lot of fun to be had at the CPS dinner, showcase and welcome reception.

Focus on humanitarian work

For a number of years, the Community Pharmacy Section (and, since 2012, jointly with the Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section) has organised a breakfast session at the FIP congress to highlight the activities of pharmacists above and beyond their core responsibilities. Recent sessions include:

Presentations from FIP congresses

CPS  by Marwan Akel

"The Humanitarian Face of Pharmacy:
The Lebanese Experience" by Marwan

CPS by Lars Rönnbäc


CPS by Melanie Morrow

"Role of pharmacists in HIV/AIDS in Uganda" 
by Lars Rönnbäck (2017)


"Emergency Medical Teams in the Field
by Melanie Morrow Australia (2017)


CPS by Mila Avila


CPS by Carina Vetye

“Apothecary Project: Pharmacists promoting
sustainable development” 
by Mila Avila Olias (2016)


“Addressing communicable &
non-communicable diseases in areas of
Buenos Aires
”  by Dr. Carina Vetye (2016)


CPS by Bruce Eshaya-Chauvin


CPS by Diana Lamarre

"Health Care in Danger" 
by Bruce Eshaya-Chauvin (2015)


"Pharmaceutical Care & Humanitarian Aid" 
by Diane Lamarre (2015)


CPS by Warren Meek


CPS by Regis Vaillancourt

“Practical Points of Humanitarian 
Pharmacist Aid” by Warren Meek (2014)

“Legislations: Pharmacists in Natural
by Régis Vaillancourt (2014)


If you have a story to tell, Email with the subject line “Pharmacist in humanitarian work”!

CPS Poster Award

The Community Pharmacy Section of FIP introduced a Poster Award in 2006. The overall purpose with the award is to encourage community pharmacy practice research and development and to share experiences and results with other pharmacists through quality poster presentations at the annual congress of FIP.

The Section has a strong commitment to pharmacy practice research and development. Poster exhibitions and short oral communications based on received abstracts is a long tradition.

2018 CPS Poster Award winners – Glasgow, United Kingdom:

2017 CPS Poster Award winners – Seoul, South Korea:

2016 CPS Poster Award winners – Buenos Aires, Argentina:

2015 CPS Poster Award winners - Düsseldorf, Germany:

Criteria for entries here.  



To keep our members updated with the latest pharmacy practice discussions, research and CPS activities, we send them two newsletters, both up to six times a year: ZOOM and Professional News

We also welcome contributions to ZOOM. Email

Professional News is open to all interested pharmacists. To access the latest issues, contact

ZOOM Number 1 - February 2014 (Example)

Professional News Number 1 - January 2014 (Example)


100 Community Pharmacists Talking

To mark FIP’s centennial year, the Community Pharmacy Section showcased 100 community pharmacists from around the world in a video “100 Pharmacists Talking”. 

Vision 2020 continued

The CPS continued its vision work with a set of recorded interviews of international community pharmacists. Click the link below to hear what Ema, Jaime, Eeva, Kos and other peers are saying about Vision 2020.

We followed this work with “Vision 2020 — A conversation”, a 90-minute video released in conjunction with the 2014 FIP congress in Bangkok. Each individual presentations can be selected for viewing below:

Dr Charlie Benrimoj – Financial Viability and Sustainability

  • Current financial risk for community pharmacy
  • Adapting to the future as provider of knowledge and service
  • Risk of focussing only on cost of product
  • True integration into health care systems



Dr Anna Westerling – Information and Communication Technology

  • Key benefits of proper use of robust ICT
  • ICT value outweighs the cost
  • Easiest ICT tools for pharmacists to use
  • Role of pharmacists in development of ICT
Barriers to quicker implementation of ICT

Dr Claire Anderson – Education and Continuing Professional Development

  • Continuing Education Vs. Continuing Professional Development
  • Whose responsibility
  • International acceptance of CPD
  • Life-long learning
  • Linking universities and learners
Learning styles

Dr Lisa Guirguis – Communications, Relationships and Collaborations

  • Awareness of the value of the pharmacist
  • Relationships between community pharmacists and healthcare providers
  • Advice to provide better care
  • Identifying patients at risk
Tips to achieve better patient health outcomes

Matthew Grissinger – Infrastructure and Premises

  • Importance of proper pharmacy physical environment
  • Risks of “less-than-adequate” environment
  • Essentials for safe patient flow within the pharmacy
  • Importance of counselling areas
  • Best deterrent of errors is speaking with the patient
Pharmacy design benefit to patients and staff

Dr Tana Wuliji – Human Resources

  • Four important aspects of community pharmacy staffing
  • Relinquishing of technical tasks
  • Importance of regulations to pharmacy of the future
  • Important resources for pharmacy managers
Biggest factors to address in human resources

Willam Zellmer – Ethics and Values

  • Working group pharmacist ethics and professional autonomy. Why?
  • Ethical issues of importance to community pharmacists
  • Relationship of professional autonomy to ethics
Action plan for ethics and professional autonomy

Dr Johann Kruger – Role of Pharmacy Organisations

  • National Pharmacy Organisation roles in a vibrant pharmacy sector
  • Ensuring pharmacists and staff are best at what they do
  • Pharmacy organization response to CPS Vision 2020
  • Key needs met by National Pharmacy Associations
Promotion of National Health

Greg Eberhart – Legislative Framework and Regulation

  • Importance of appropriate legislative framework
  • Key issues enabled by appropriate legislation
  • Current issues that could be changed
  • Community pharmacists as influencers of legislation
  • Expanded services for better patient health outcomes
Quality gains from best legislation

Dr Dominique Jordan – Community Pharmacy Section

  • Comments on the topics in the video
  • Importance of engagement
  • Role in politics and health systems
  • Shared experiences
Vision 2020 perspective

Last update 7 March 2024

FIP Congresses