Education leaders from around the globe will journey to Nanjing, China, next year to create a blueprint for the pharmacy workforce of the future, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) announced today.
They will meet at the Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education, to be held on 7 and 8 November 2016.
“We want to identify and address key issues related to education and the pharmacy workforce, in collaboration with our stakeholders. Significant resources will go into this,” says Philip Schneider, Chair of FIP‘s Conference Planning Committee.
The conference will welcome education and practice leaders, delegates from FIP member organisations and other key stakeholders from the global pharmaceutical community to construct a shared global vision for pharmaceutical education and the pharmacy workforce.
It will lead to the release of the first ever set of global workforce development goals in the context of health care needs and medicines innovation.
FIP is co-hosting this landmark conference with the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association.
“This conference is a critical element of our strategy at FIP, which follows our Centennial Declaration in 2012 that was signed by 127 member associations of FIP to accept responsibility and accountability for improving global health,” says Prof Schneider.
“Having a workforce in sufficient quantity and competence is critical to meeting this goal. The time is now to make the opportunity, jointly, for creating a vision and ambitious goals for the education and training of that workforce.”
Image via City of Nanjing