International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation
The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 by eight pharmacy student associations in London, United Kingdom. The Federation now represents approximately 500,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 92 countries and areas to over 90 countries and 117 member organisations. IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. IPSF promotes improved public health through the provision of information, education, and networking opportunities as well as a range of publications and professional activities.
IPSF initiatives focus on the areas of public health, pharmacy education, and professional development. Initiatives include multiple public health campaigns, research on issues in pharmacy education and workforce development, the Student Exchange Programme, organising international and regional events, and publication of the IPSF newsletters in pharmacy education and student exchange, among other responsibilities.
IPSF facilitates several projects within our three focus areas, which are pharmacy education, professional development, and public health.
IPSF facilitates several projects within our three focus areas, which are pharmacy education, professional development, and public health. Through these projects, we aim to contribute to the development of our members’ skills, abilities and assist them in reaching individuals within their communities. Our active projects can be found below.
The Pharmacy Education Portfolio focuses on promoting and developing pharmacy education worldwide.This portfolio has two main publications(Pharmacy Education Newsletter, Phuture), and competitions include the Poster Competition, held during IPSF Official Events, the Critical Essay competition, and held in collaboration with FIPed.
IPSF is committed to ensuring quality pharmacy education and promoting the role of the pharmacist. Professional Development involves the process of active participation in formal and informal learning activities that assist individuals in developing and maintaining continuing competence, enhancing their professional practice, supporting achievement of their career goals, and optimizing health outcomes as an integral member of the health professional team.
Through professional skills workshops and competitions, pharmacy awareness campaigns and leadership training opportunities, IPSF strives to enhance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required by pharmacy professionals and students for their future practice.
IPSF strives to engage member organisations in initiatives that positively influence health and health knowledge within their communities. The Federation plays an active role in promoting and implementing Public Health activities and its work is greatly aided by its collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The Federation currently holds six focuses, divided into Health Awareness, Medicine Awareness, and Humanitarian categories.
Student Exchange Programme
Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is IPSF’s largest project, offering professional pharmacy internships. Every year, more than 1,000 students around the world are given the opportunity to experience the field of pharmacy in one of the 90 participating countries.
The Student Exchange Programme therefore enables cultural exchange between pharmacy students around the world by sharing knowledge and experiences.
90 member organisations of IPSF involved in SEP, organise the exchanges by finding host sites where the students are trained. The programme runs throughout the year (Winter SEP and Summer SEP), but the majority of the exchanges take place between May and September.
The length of the program is usually 2 weeks or 1 month with a minimum of 40 working hours during the exchange, and possible host sites include:
- Community pharmacy;
- Hospital pharmacy;
- Clinical pharmacy;
- Wholesale pharmacy;
- Pharmaceutical industry;
- Research at university;
- Government or private health agencies.
The SEP is organised by:
- IPSF Chairperson of Student Exchange
- Student Exchange Committee
- Student Exchange Officers (SEOs): The Student Exchange Officers represent their organisation that is a member of IPSF. The Student Exchange Officers are responsible for arranging host sites and accommodation for the incoming students and finding places for the outgoing students by contacting other SEOs.
- Local Exchange Officers (LEOs): In some countries, where the National organisation is formed by Local organisations, the SEO shares the work with one or more Local Exchange Officers.
- Every pharmacy student and recent graduates (up to four years after their graduation) can join SEP through an IPSF Member organisation or as Individual Member, when not eligible to their IPSF Member organisation.
Thanks to the strong collaboration with our valued partners, IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation of pharmacy students: we passionately promote improved public health through the provision of information, education, and professional development opportunities. IPSF is proud to serve as the collective voice of pharmacy’s future medication specialists.