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FIP makes it a priority to publish the latest developments in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, related global news and prominent events. Our multi-media approach to keeping members, partners and peers informed of what is and will be affecting their area of practice or science is key to keeping information flowing through the FIP network.

2024 Advancing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences through the academic capacity assessment handbook
2024 Advancing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences through the academic capacity assessment handbook (Summary version)
2023 Global workforce symposium: Accelerating towards 2023 - Workforce transformation for better health: The Brisbane review
2023 Key priorities in education and training for pharmacy professionals across 21 countries: Report of the FIP Multinational Needs Assessment Programme
2023 Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship education report: Supporting the pharmaceutical workforce in AMR and AMS
2023 Workforce sustainability and supporting positive practice in community pharmacy: An international report by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section
2023 Pandemic preparedness, response and recovery: Lessons learnt for global pharmacy
2023 FIP Global Competency Framework (GbCFv2) handbook: Supporting early career training strategy


2023 Strategies to improve enrolment in schools of pharmacy: FIP AIM handbook (Summary version)
2023 Enabling people-centred personalised care on pain in pharmacy: Report from an international roundtable
2023 What community pharmacy teams need to support good hygiene as part of people's self-care
2023 The role of pharmacists in closing the gender pain gap: Report from an international insight board
2023 Strategies to improve enrolment in schools of pharmacy: FIP AIM handbook (for FIP academic institutional members)

A handbook developed for FIP’s academic institutional membership (AIM) and containing over 30 examples of activities undertaken by AIM institutions to improve enrolment in pharmacy schools. Access is an AIM benefit.

2022 Self-care: Reclassification of medicines and its impact on access
2022 Sports pharmacy practice and education: A global overview
2022 Competency-based education in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in cardiovascular diseases
2022 Cancer: A handbook for pharmacists
2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in cancer care

A companion to the FIP cancer care handbook for pharmacists 

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in chronic respiratory diseases

This knowledge and skills reference guide provides a comprehensive list of required knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical and related care to support pharmacists to develop, upskill and refresh knowledge in CRDs and related roles in pharmacy. The guide supplements the FIP handbook on CRDs for pharmacists and was developed in consultation with a global reference group.

2022 Chronic respiratory diseases: A handbook for pharmacists

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals prioritise universal health coverage (UHC) and commit to reducing the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as communicable diseases. This handbook is an important enabling tool to achieve those goals because it makes the case for the inclusion of care for chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs) as part of UHC and demonstrates the important role pharmacists have in achieving this.

2022 FIP Global Competency Framework for Educators & Trainers in Pharmacy (FIP-GCFE)

The  Global Competency Framework for Educators & Trainers in Pharmacy aims at being a competency development framework for pharmacists wanting to further develop education and training skills as part of their ongoing personal and professional development.

2022 The FIP Development Goals report 2021: Setting goals for the decade ahead

This report provides a global status update on the FIP Development Goals launched on 2021 and aims at facilitating the next decade’s roadmap aligned with the UN Agenda 2030. The 21 FIP Development Goals align with FIP’s mission to support global health by enabling the advancement of pharmaceutical practice, sciences and education and are set to support pharmacy transformation in alignment with wider global imperatives such as the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in diabetes

This guide, which is intended as a companion to the FIP diabetes handbook for pharmacists published in 2021, will help pharmacists to identify and acquire the competencies, such as screening and clinical management, they need to provide services for patients with diabetes.

2022 Mental Health: A Handbook for Pharmacists

Developed in collaboration with an international group of experts, this handbook aims to support pharmacy practice, presenting the many potential mental health care actions that pharmacists can perform, from preventing mental illness and screening for signs to optimising medication and responding to mental health crises.

2022 Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in mental health

Intended to accompany "Mental health — A handbook for pharmacists", this publication defines the knowledge and skills that pharmacists need to acquire to provide mental health services.  

2022 The role of pharmacists in iron deficiency anaemia: Report from an international advisory roundtable, hosted by FIP

Report of an international advisory roundtable gathered by FIP to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the role of pharmacists in iron deficiency anaemia.

2022 FIP engagement with our membership in 2021 at a glance. Capturing the voice of FIP members globally, to advance pharmacy worldwide
2022 FIP engagement with our membership 2021. Capturing the voice of FIP members globally, to advance pharmacy worldwide
2022 The FIP Development Goals report 2021. Setting goals for the decade ahead
2021 FIP Global Humanitarian Competency Framework (GbHCF)
2021 FIP digital health in pharmacy education. Developing a digitally enabled pharmaceutical workforce

This report provides a global overview on digital health in pharmacy education to investigate the readiness and responsiveness of pharmacy education and identify the knowledge and skills gaps of the pharmaceutical workforce. It will help to develop further research and developments in the area to increase the adoption of digital health by the pharmaceutical workforce.

2021 Curriculum for pharmacy students on substandard and falsified medicines: Curriculum guide and competency framework

This curriculum guide published by FIP in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) is a tool for education on substandard or falsified (SF) medicines and medical products, which can be adapted to the needs of individual training institutions. It contains a competency framework and practical tips and is supplemented with modules that align with the WHO prevention-detection-response strategy so that pharmacists know how to identify medicines at high-risk of being SF; prevent these products from reaching the supply chain, detect them and report them to appropriate regulatory authorities, and intervene to prevent patient harm. These materials, which offer pharmacy educators teaching resources and practical guidance, were developed with the support of the European Commission, and in collaboration with the International Conference of French-Speaking Chambers of Pharmacists, the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association and five universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

2020 FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa

A first of its kind report in FIP’s and African history, presenting a decade’s worth of evidence from FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Center for Excellence in Africa and countries across Africa. With a focus on academic capacity and needs-based education, this publication set out the most pressing healthcare, health workforce and pharmaceutical education needs in sub-Saharan Africa alongside recommendations towards achieving universal health coverage.

2020 FIP Global Advanced Development Framework: Handbook - Supporting advancement of the profession (Version 1, 2020)

Accompanies FIP’s Workforce Transformation programme and supports FIP member organisations in implementing the framework and advancing their pharmacy workforce. It is supplemented with the FIP Global Advanced Development Framework quick reference guide.

2020 FIP Global Advanced Development Framework. Quick reference guide
2020 FIP Global Competency Framework - Executive Summary

Goals to support the transformation of the pharmacy profession around the world.

2018 Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence: Global Trends Report

This report describes the global capacity trends observed in the pharmaceutical workforce from 2006 to 2016, building on the FIP 2015 Global Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence Trends Report; this report features additional analysis to track global and national trends, including gender distribution and capacity growth mapped to regional variation and country-level economic indicators.

2018 Pharmacists in the supply chain: The role of the medicines expert in ensuring quality and availability

This report was released in a landscape of challenges such as substandard and falsified medicines, and a shortage of human resources in the health supply chain. The need to ensure effective and safe medicines supply prompted FIP to take a close look at the actual role of pharmacists in pharmaceutical supply chains. This report aims to provide a foundation from which improvement can develop. The report points out that investment in training and education are needed to strengthen pharmacists’ roles in supply chains, and it details the competencies that these roles require.

2017 Pharmacy at a glance (summary)

A publicly accessible summary of the 2015-17 detailed survey that FIP conducts every two years on the state of the pharmacy profession at the global level, giving an overview of topics ranging from the distribution of pharmacists in different sectors and access to pharmacies, to models of generic medicines dispensing/substitution and the availability of medicines online. The full report is available to FIP member organisations only.

2017 Technicians and pharmacy support workforce cadres working with pharmacists 

A descriptive global study of the pharmacy support workforce, commissioned by FIP’s Board of Pharmaceutical Practice. It aims to give a picture of the varied support workforce between countries, describing differences in the roles and competencies, responsibilities, supervision of, education, regulation, legislation and liability of the pharmacy support workforce around the world, as well as four specific models that emerged from the data.

2017 Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and the workforce: A global report

This document is intended as a tool for FIP member organisations to support the adoption of the FIP’s 13 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals on a national level. The report features expert recommendations and comprehensive case studies from 21 countries around the world which demonstrate that the goals are measurable, feasible and achievable. It is intended for all pharmacy stakeholders to catalyse needs-based planning, priority setting and forward actions towards implementing the goals.

2017 Transforming pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education in the context of workforce development

A full report of FIP’s Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education in Nanjing, China, 2016. At this historic event, FIP adopted a transformative workforce roadmap, setting out the desired milestones for education and workforce development of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. This report contains a description of the conference’s three main outcomes: (1) the Global Vision for Education and Workforce; (2) the Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals (PWDGs); and (3) the Statements on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education (“the Nanjing Statements”). It also contains a chapter on implementing the outcomes of the conference and a list of resources developed by FIP to enable action and which are adaptable to local needs.

2016 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals

The Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals (PWDGs) aim to facilitate national implementation of FIP’s Global Vision for Education and Workforce. The PWDGs provide action-oriented workforce planning, ways of monitoring progress towards global achievement of the workforce vision and a consistent structure for coherent and comprehensive national workforce development actions.

2016 Global Vision for Education and Workforce

The Global Vision for Education and Workforce provides a description of the future directions of our profession and how education can support the progression of medicines science and practice. Through this vision, FIP seeks to promote and enhance the health and well-being of civil society through professional leadership and development of our professional workforce.

2016 Transforming our workforce: Workforce development and education — Systems, tools and navigation

A global impact monitoring report that presents a collection of case studies from 14 countries around the world describing successful implementation of FIP Education (FIPEd) tools and resources. This report contains detailed evidence-based descriptions of innovation, data and analysis of workforce development tools that have been to assist with transforming pharmacy education.

2015 Key findings of the FIP advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report

Summary of key findings of the “Advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report, 2015”. The intention of this document is to provide helpful guidance and navigation for FIP’s stakeholders and to inspire FIP member organisations to consider strategy development and actions at national level, and to enable them to prepare briefings and communiqués for their own networks and stakeholders.

2015 Global pharmacy workforce intelligence trends report

The first publication of its kind to provide a comprehensive baseline on the current global workforce trends, capacity building and pharmacist numbers. This is the fourth in a series of workforce reports produced every three years, and contains a trend analysis conducted with data from three previous workforce intelligence reports (2006, 2009, 2012), which covers data from 51 countries and territories.

2015 Interprofessional Education in a Pharmacy Context: Global Report

A compendium of case studies and best practices of interprofessional education from around the world. The report reflects innovation and creativity centred on interprofessional education (IPE) and the case studies highlight diverse approaches and show that IPE is becoming a more mainstream education activity for students, trainees and practitioners worldwide.

2015 Key findings of the FIP Interprofessional Education in a Pharmacy: Global Report

This summary document provides key messages, guidance and navigation for pharmacy stakeholders such as professional associations, higher education institutions and employers to prepare briefings and communiqués on interprofessional education for their own networks and stakeholders.

2015 Advanced practice and specialisation in pharmacy: Global report

The first ever international overview of the extent of the advanced and specialised roles that pharmacists are undertaking, and the mechanisms supporting these developments. This reports expands the global evidence base on the global status of advanced and/or specialised pharmacy practice scopes and the models in which they exist, informing the implementation of Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goal 4: Advanced and Specialist Development. Forty-eight countries and territories were surveyed to obtain country-level information regarding policy and implementation of advanced practice and specialisation. In addition, a series of seventeen country case studies were presented to illustrate an in-depth view of policy and implementation trends. The report outlines trends in policy development related to advanced and specialised roles, such as the development of national definitions, criteria and professional recognition systems.

2014 Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education: the FIP Global Framework, 2nd Edition

An updated and expanded version of the “Global framework for quality assurance of pharmacy education, version 1” adopted by FIP in 2008. The framework is offered primarily as a tool — to be used in whole or in part — to facilitate the establishment of systems of quality assurance in countries where no such formal systems exist or for improvement of existing systems. Where regional similarities and collaborations exist, the framework may also be applied at a regional rather than national level. In addition to the framework, the document provides an overview of prerequisites for quality assurance in pharmacy education, and quality criteria and quality indicators for pharmacy education.

2013 FIPEd Global Education report

The first publication of its kind to provide a baseline on the current status, transformation and scaling up of pharmaceutical education worldwide, this report provides a baseline on the current status, transformation and scaling up of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education globally. It presents the current pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education and workforce situation across 109 countries and territories around the world, representing around 175,000 pharmacy students and 2,500 education institutions worldwide.

2012 FIPEd Global Competency Framework

The Global Competency Framework promotes the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that an individual develops through education, training, development and experience as means to create a capable practitioner workforce in all healthcare professions. The framework is divided in four areas of practice, 20 competencies and 100 behavioural competencies. It is intended to act as a mapping tool and can be adapted according to the country or local needs.

2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce report 

A comprehensive report with an overview of global pharmacy workforce and education trends in 2012. This document presents the pharmacy workforce situation in 90 countries and territories around the world, representing nearly four million pharmaceutical human resources for health. It also offers an analysis of pharmacy education, academic and training capacity, quality assurance, practitioner development approaches, leadership development, and education research. The pharmacy support workforce was also examined as part of the analysis. One chapter also presents nine case studies on pharmacy workforce planning, management, and development from 9 countries and territories.

2009 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce report

A comprehensive report with an overview of global pharmacy workforce and education trends in 2009. This document expands on the findings of the first 2006 report to examine the workforce situation in more countries, describe significant trends which continue to face workforce development and identify pertinent challenges which must be addressed in order to ensure the equitable access and appropriate use of safe, effective and quality medicines as well as pharmaceutical services.

2009 Global Pharmacy Workforce and Migration Report

A comprehensive report with an overview of global pharmacy workforce and education trends in 2006. The FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce and Migration Study presents global data on the distribution of pharmacists according to country, gender and practice area; pharmacist shortages and country imbalances in pharmacist workforce distribution; continuing professional development and continuing education programmes for pharmacists; regulation, training and certification of pharmacy technicians; and migration of pharmacists worldwide and registration processes for foreign pharmacists.

The FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory (GPO) is a worldwide data hub to inform the advocacy work of our members and partners.  

The FIP Atlas is a platform being developed to showcase our members’ needs and priorities (supported by the data from the GPO), allowing us to identify opportunities for developing pharmacy with, for and through our member organisations.  

Latest intelligence and data on the state of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science around the world.  


Last update 28 March 2022

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