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Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section

How we workAnnual report 2016 | Activities | History


The MEPS board and programming committee are busily working towards a fun and fact filled World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Seoul later in the year. We are also working on the programming for congresses in 2018 (Glasgow) and 2019. Submissions for Glasgow have closed, but if you have suggestions for inclusion in the 2019 programme, please send them to the MEPS communications manager at

MEPS field trip in Buenos Aires, August 2016 

Objectives & mission

The Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section (MEPS) is one of FIP’s smallest and most specialised sections. Military pharmacy has long been recognised as being separate from community and hospital pharmacy. Although military health logistics is undertaken by military pharmacists, the logistics operations of many non-governmental organisations are undertaken by emergency pharmacists; who are also recognised as being distinct from community and hospital pharmacists. Military and emergency pharmacists, when not in their home locations, practise in more arduous and demanding conditions than many of their civilian colleagues. Military medical services often work closely with international and local organisations in humanitarian and disaster relief (HA/DR) situations.

Our aim is to establish close cooperation between pharmacists in the military and NGOs that respond in times of emergency, whether the emergency is as a result of a natural disaster or manmade.

MEPS members have as their mission the study of all problems relating to military and emergency pharmacy, including the supply chain and workforce aspects, on an international basis with a view to providing sustainable solutions. 

How we work

The MEPS board is an elected body responsible for the section’s administration, the dissemination of information to members, the coordination of meetings and congress gatherings and for liaison with the FIP boards.

The board is composed of a president, three vice presidents (all four elected for a four-year term), an immediate past president, a permanent secretary and a treasurer. The current board is as follows:

President (to 2020) Cdr Sylvain Grenier (Canada), Bio 
Immediate Past President SnrCol Chen Zheng-yu (China), Bio
Permanent Secretary Mrs Jane Dawson (New Zealand), Bio
Vice President/Treasurer (to 2018) Col Richard Wosolsobe (Austria), Bio
Vice President/Media Representative (to 2018) LtCol (Ret) Wendy Walker (Australia), Bio
Vice President (to 2020) LtCol (Ret) Stephen Shaddock (Australia), Bio

5 FIP MEPS board members

MEPS board (left to right): Richard Wosolsobe, Wendy Walker, Sylvain Grenier, Jane Dawson and Steve Shaddock

Click to download the MEPS statutes, adopted in September 1996, in a pdf. 


Thanks to the outstanding files of General Pharmacist Dr Hans Joachim Krauss, Germany and valuable information by Ragnar Rydberg and Peter Rollason, we can give you the section history until 1994. Invaluable record keeping by Secretaries Bob van Damme, Ivan van Poucke and Jane Dawson have enabled the sharing of information from 1995 to current.