FIP believes that the main delivery of this representation and service is through the organisation of international Congresses and Conferences. This activity was included in the original 1912 Statutes of FIP and remains a core activity.
One year after FIP's founding, it held its first scientific Congress in The Hague. This was the 11th International Pharmaceutical Congress. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 interrupted FIP activities and it was not until eight years later, in 1922, that FIP reconvened in Brussels. After 1922, Congresses were held at regular intervals, with the 12th International Congress being held, partly under FIP auspices, in Brussels, in 1935.
Thereafter, FIP organised meetings at regular intervals in various European cities, until war broke out again in 1939, causing another 7-year suspension in FIP activities. In 1957, it was decided that there would be a World Congress of Pharmacy in even-numbered years and a World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in odd-numbered ones.
Now, each year FIP hosts the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, rotated to different regions of the world. In addition to the Annual Congress, FIP organises several smaller Conferences each year.
Past venues of FIP Annual Congresses:
|1912||The Hague||the Netherlands|
|1927||The Hague||the Netherlands|
|1971||Washington DC||United States of America|
|1977||The Hague||the Netherlands|
|1991||Washington DC||United States of America|
|1998||The Hague||the Netherlands|
|2004||New Orleans||United States of America|