IPSF and other YPG Links
International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF)
The International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 by eight member countries and presently represents over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 84 countries worldwide, being the leading international advocacy organisation of pharmacy students.
IPSF is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-profit organization that aims to study and promote the interests of pharmaceutical students and encourage international cooperation between them and towards the promotion of improved public health. To achieve this IPSF concentrates efforts in different portfolios which include: Public Health, Pharmacy Education, Professional Development, and the Students' Exchange Programme (SEP).
Public Health portfolio is one of IPSF main flags and the Federation supports students to have an active role in population education. Currently IPSF focus on issues such as HIV/AIDS, Tabacco, Tuberculosis, Diabetes and Counterfeited Drugs. In 2010 we have launched our second humanitarian project, Mobile Pharmacy in Northern Uganda Project (MPNUP), which aim is to provide health assistance and medicines in refugee camps in Uganda.
Pharmacy Education portfolio seeks to investigate and discuss global education issues, and the Moving On projects, which is a series of research projects with the objective of gathering students' opinions of educational topics, are one example of this. This portfolio also tries to inform students about the hot topics of the Pharmacy Profession by publishing the Phuture magazine and co-organizing the Educational and Scientific Symposiums at the IPSF Annual Congress.
Professional Development assumes our learning process is consisted of studying but also of practicing, this is why IPSF promotes activities in which students have to apply theoretical knowledge into practice; example of these are the Patient Counseling Event, the Clinical Skills Event, and the Pharmacy Profession Awareness Campaign. In 2008 IPSF launched the Leader In Training (LIT) workshops, in which participants learn generic skills about communication, management and leadership.
The Students' Exchange Programme (SEP) is probably the most famous project of the Federation. SEP promotes short-term internships in the various fields of the Pharmacy Profession (Community, Hospital, Industry, and Research) in all 5 continents of the World.
IPSF members meet annually at the IPSF Annual Congress to discuss and decide the future of the Federation at the IPSF General Assembly. Besides this the Congress offers the Educational and Scientific Symposiums, several workshops, and a great networking environment. In 2010 members will be meeting in Slovenia, in August.
IPSF holds Official Relations with the WHO, Working Relations with UNESCO, and Roster Consultative Status with UNECOSOC. IPSF is supported and works closely with FIP. For more information please visit www.ipsf.org or feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Young Professional Organisations
The International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF) is a not-for-profit public company working in the fields of human rights, poverty eradication, environment and social capital, within the broad context of sustainability. Click on the link below for more information:
Young Dentists Worldwide is recognised by the World Dental Federation (FDI) as an organisation representing International Young Dentists:
Other initiatives run by Young Pharmacists
Red Sudamericana de Atención Farmacéutica (REDSAF)
(South American Pharmaceutical Care Network)
REDSAF is an academic - professional initiative established in 2006, which provides a communication platform for researchers, students and health professionals in South America. This initiative promotes the implementation and development of Pharmaceutical Care through the design, implementation and publication of research papers. Also, there is a discussion list for the exchange of views, experiences and expertise in professional care activities that are being developed and the solutions we can find. Click on the link for more information: http://www.redsaf.org
Career Development Links
Overseas Pharmacist registration
One of the most frequently-asked-questions that we receive is how to become registered as a pharmacist in another country. In the Global report published by FIP, the issue of migration of pharmacists was addressed, incorporating also national licensure requirements for practicing pharmacy. The information will be further studied and updated by a dedicated FIP Working Group. For more information and to download the report please click here
Appendix 6 of this report provides information about registration requirements for foreign pharmacists in ten different countries. We have also compiled some information regarding Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States. This is not a comprehensive review but a guide most of the information is widely available on the internet.
From the 1st December 2006, all overseas trained pharmacists will be required to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Pharmacy Examining Council (APEC). The process includes formal examinations, periods of supervised practice and a final assessment of competency.
Each Province in Canada has its own Pharmaceutical Register and there is no agreement between this Society and any Province for the reciprocal recognition of qualifications. For persons seeking registration, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada sets examinations which are now accepted in all Provinces except Quebec, but licensing is still the responsibility of the Provinces themselves. Registration criteria vary in different parts of the same country.
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada http://www.pebc.ca/
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Registration from other countries
The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee™ (FPGEC®) certification program is accepted by 50 state boards of pharmacy as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of an applicant’s foreign pharmacy education. Foreign-educated pharmacists awarded FPGEC Certification are considered to have partially fulfilled eligibility requirements for licensure in those states that accept the Certification.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)