WHO-UNESCO-FIP Global Pharmacy Education Taskforce

Investigator: Tina Brock, MS, EdD

Location(s): Switzerland


Acknowledging that health care needs can vary across geography and culture, an international group of key stakeholders in pharmacy education and global health has reached unanimous agreement that pharmacy education must be quality-driven and directed towards societal health care needs, the services required to meet those needs, the competences necessary to provide these services and the education needed to ensure those competences.Recognising the need to support and strengthen pharmacy education worldwide, in November 2007, FIP, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), formed the Pharmacy Education Taskforce. The Taskforce is a coordinating body of organisations, agencies, institutions, and individuals with the shared goal of catalysing actions to develop pharmacy education. 

The purpose of the Taskforce is to oversee the implementation of the Pharmacy Education Taskforce Work Plan*. The Action Plan aims to enable the sustainability of a pharmacy workforce that is relevant to local needs.  The Action Plan is dedicated to five domains of action: quality assurance, academic and institutional capacity, pharmacy support workforce, leaderhsip, and competency and vision for pharmacy education.