Activities of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section

The section closely cooperates with the Special Interest Group on Pharmacoepidemiology of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Recent years have shown that the section especially attracts members who are active in professional organisations and in health care and drug policy. Therefore the Section initiated the International Survey of Pharmaceutical Policy and meanwhile submitted the final report. A new project will focus on an “International Exploration of the Status of Homeopathic Drugs: Regulatory, Clinical and Commercial Aspects”.

During the FIP congress the section organizes interesting programs and social events for its members often in cooperation with other FIP sections or working groups.

Topics covered by the section during former FIP congresses included among others:

  • "The impact of the Pharmaceutical Care Concept on the Views of Legislators, Policy Makers and Third Party Payers" in different countries
  • "The International Manpower Situation in Pharmacy" (1995)
  • "The Development of Automation and Robotics and the Impact on Pharmacy" (1996)
  • "Ethics and Economics" (1996)
  • "An International Comparison of Health Care Systems" (1997)
  • "The Border between Medicines and Nutritional Food" (1997)
  • "Global Cost Containment Strategies" (1998)
  • "Law versus Practice in Pharmacy" (1998)
  • "Organisational Culture Influencing the Quality of Drug Use" (1999)
  • "Objective Appraisal of Pharmaceutical Care" (1999)
  • "Off-Label Drug Use" (2000)
  • "The Healthcare Profession in a Changing Environment" (2000)
  • "Outcome research in pharmacy" (2003)
  • "Pharmaceutical Clinical Technology" (2003)
  • "Improving drug use from a regulatory perspective" (2003)
  • "Evaluating Health Care Services" (2004)
  • "Comparing Health Care Systems" (2004),
  • "Evaluation studies as basis for decision making" (2005)
  • "Changing the professional status - the way forward to integrated care" (2005)
  • "Pricing policy in a global market" (2006)
  • "International regulatory issues for innovative medicines" (2006)
  • "Is there enough evidence for the value of pharmacists?" (2007)
  • "Strengthening the responsible self care of patients" (2007)
  • "Professional and regulatory issues of Patient Safety" (2008),
  • "Patient Safety, Risk Assessment and Risk Management" (2008)
  • "Can Medicine Management improve the use of medicines?" (2009),
  • "Strategies of pharmacists to adapt to an increased competition" (2009)
  • "Social, Political & Biological Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance: An integrated approach" (2010)


The section holds a business meeting each year during the FIP congress where members can contribute their thoughts, have influence on the future development of the section and make contact with each other. A newsletter is published four times per year by the section to keep members informed about section activities between the congresses.