Clinical Biology Section
The Clinical Biology Section represents pharmacists, or professionals with pharmacy degree, working in medical laboratory settings or related settings:
- Clinical chemistry,
- Molecular pathology,
- Genetic testing,
- Laboratory accreditation, certification and quality control,
- Diagnostic devices,
- Laboratory IT and automation professionals.
The Clinical Biology Section is one of the most specialized of FIP and is the only international structure that represents these pharmacy professionals.
If you are a clinical biology pharmacist in any of these working fields, or have an interest in any of these subjects, you are invited to be an individual member. (Please click here for membership application!)
History and Aim
Clinical Biology is a profession with many different professional practicing in the different countries in the world. In most European countries it dates back to the 1950’s where community and hospital pharmacists developed it as an additional activity. It then became a complete separate discipline taught in Schools of Pharmacy and Medical Universities and/or Scientific Universities.
In 1972 the clinical biology section of the FIP was officially created. The main objective of CBS is 'To study and maintain the development and the protection of the scientific and professional interests of all Pharmacists engaged in Clinical Biology'. The board of the Section consists of Honorary Presidents, President, Secretary, Executive members and a Treasurer. The Secretariat currently consists of the President and Secretary. The previous is responsible for the organization of section's sessions during the FIP Congress. The section projects aim to increase international representation of these pharmacy professionals.
In 2008, in FIP Congress in Basel, the section made a statutes change to adapt the Section Exco to new professional and FIP challenges.
The section's main objectives and ideas for future projects are:
- Developing a network of correspondents between those countries where Pharmacists practice Clinical Biology and Laboratory Medicine;
- Keeping our colleagues, Biology Pharmacists, all over the world informed about the Section, to make it known to those who do not know it yet and to welcome them as future members;
- Publishing a Section Newsletter with the objective of keeping member pharmacists informed of the Section's activities and to also publish information concerning the training of Biology Pharmacists and the organization for Clinical Biology in various countries;
- Maintaining the contacts that exist with other sections of FIP and together with them and the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, to plan joint sessions at future congresses.
- Studying and comparing, in those countries where they exist, the various programs for Quality Control and the problems concerning the possible establishment of laboratories;
- Publishing articles in the International Pharmacy Journal and thus inform all pharmacists of the activities of the Section;
- Establishing communication links with various international organizations, like the EFLM (European Federation of Laboratory Medicine) and the IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry).
The Section will be creating different working groups, which will study all these proposals and welcomes any voluntary initiatives, which would help reach these goals.
During the FIP Congress the Section holds an annual business meeting open to all members. Prior to the congress and during the event, the Section's Board holds several other meetings. During the FIP conference the Section collaborates in various activities (e.g. Laboratory visit), depending on the level of practice of Clinical Biology in the hosting country.