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Global report on CPD
Pharmacy organisations can now refer to a snapshot of continuing
professional development (CPD) around the world, make comparisons
with the situation in their own countries and use this information to
improve how their pharmacists maintain their competence.
The information is to be found in the
Continuing professional development/
continuing education in pharmacy: global
report, released at the FIP Congress.
In preparing the report, the FIP
Education Initiative gathered data from
66 countries and territories. Among
the findings were that in 88% of the
countries, pharmacists are expected
to provide some form of self-funding
for their professional development.
However, it was also found that
77% reported contributions to CPD/CE
by pharmaceutical companies.
It was found that the largest providers
of CPD/CE are pharmacy professional
bodies (90.6%) followed by universities
(83.1%), employers (55.4%) and private
providers (52.3%). In addition, in
30.8% of the countries, the pharmacy
regulator was also a learning provider.
The survey reveals significant variance
between the continuing professional
development and continuing education
frameworks in each country, and how
activities are accredited. Several country
case studies are described in the report.
For example, in Northern Ireland CPD is
mandatory, with four-stage CPD cycles
required to address nine elements
assessed by the pharmacy regulator,
whereas in the USA CE is preferred --
it is mandatory to maintain a licence
to practise in all states with CPD being
optional in three states.
In Japan, CPD is done through an
online portfolio system, supported by
professional standards and guidelines.
In Namibia, CPD has a modular approach
but capacity and resource constraints
reduce the opportunity to provide
comprehensive quality education.
Countries reveal the challenges they
have faced in implementing CPD as well
as their future plans.
The full report is available at:
FIP post for Sinclair
Paul Sinclair was elected as President
of the Community Pharmacy Section
of the International Pharmaceutical
Federation (FIP) at the FIP congress.
Mr Sinclair, a pharmacy owner and
registered and accredited pharmacist,
is the President of the NSW Branch
of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
He was one of an 80-strong contingent
of Australian pharmacists to attend FIP.
The acting Guild National President,
Tim Logan, said: 'Paul is the ideal
person to be representing community
pharmacy at this international level.
He deals on a day-to-day basis with
community pharmacy owners and
pharmacists across a broad array of
issues. He has a strong appreciation
at the grassroots level of the issues
facing community pharmacy, and a
keen demonstrated interest in the
global landscape facing community
Lloyd Sansom wins SHPA
Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO has
been awarded the 2014 Fred J Boyd Award,
the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of
Australia's (SHPA) highest honour.
SHPA Federal President Professor Michael
Dooley presented the award during the
opening day of the 40th SHPA National
Conference, in Darwin last month.
The Fred J Boyd Award, named in honour
of SHPA's founding president, is awarded
to an individual of high professional ideals
who has made significant contributions to
hospital pharmacy which benefit hospital
pharmacy and through it humanity and
Professor Dooley said: 'It is a great
privilege to present this award to Lloyd.
His contribution to pharmacy and health
care on so many levels is outstanding, but
especially the influence he has had, and
continues to have, on pharmacy practice
and medicines policy.'
An SHPA statement said that Professor
Sansom's outstanding and sustained
contribution over decades had benefitted
many Australians, 'thanks to his influence
relating to quality use of medicines;
there is barely as aspect of pharmacy and
medicines use in Australia in which he
has not been involved nor had significant
influence. With input and contribution
to medicines committees at local, state
and national levels, his influence is
'A dynamic and visionary leader, Lloyd
has had a major influence on pharmacy
education and research'.
Professor Sansom is also editor of the
Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary
Professor Dooley also presented
the SHPA Medal of Merit to Kirstie
Galbraith. The Medal is awarded by
SHPA's Federal Council to a member of
SHPA, in recognition of an outstanding
recent contribution to the practice of
hospital pharmacy or the professional
development of pharmacy in the past
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