FIP and PSI welcome you to Dublin!

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland are pleased to welcome all to the 2013 FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Dublin, Ireland!

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its 127 Member Organisations FIP represents and serves more than two million practitioners and scientists around the world.

Both internal and external forces are steering the course of modern healthcare and in turn how each profession can best contribute to it. Recognising this fact, FIP has developed a new Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan with the goal of firmly integrating the Federation and those it serves in global healthcare decisions and actions.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is an independent statutory body, established by the Pharmacy Act 2007. It is charged with, and is accountable for, the effective regulation of pharmacy services in Ireland, including responsibility for supervising compliance with the Act. It works for the public interest to protect the health and safety of the public by regulating the pharmacy profession and pharmacies. The 2007 Act replaced a number of old Acts and regulations dating back to 1875.

We Welcome You in 2013!

FIP, the PSI and its partner organisations including the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) welcome all to Dublin and Ireland in 2013. Pharmacists in community practice, hospital practice, academia, industry, regulation and our student pharmacists look forward to meeting their counterparts from around the world.

Pharmacy in Ireland factfile

Pharmacists: almost 4,800 (and growing)
Pharmacies: approx. 1700 community pharmacies and 70 hospital pharmacies
Pharmacy Regulator: Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) 
Community Pharmacy body: Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU)
Hospital Pharmacy body: Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland (HPAI)
Pharmacists working in Industry, Education and Regulation (PIER) (newly-formed organisation)
Schools of Pharmacy: Three (3) with approx. 850 pharmacy students

Irish Pharmacy Union

The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists in Ireland. The IPU’s sole focus is on protecting, promoting and strengthening the profession now and long into the future, and advising and supporting members in their professional and business lives.

Negotiating with Government and other third party players has been at the core of the work of the IPU throughout the years. The Union is nationally prominent in advocating the recognition of the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare professional. The IPU has developed and made available to its members increased benefits, ranging from product file dispensing software to advice on a whole range of matters including professional issues, business issues and human resources.

The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland (HPAI)

The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland (HPAI) is a voluntary organisation that represents members’ views and interests on issues relevant to hospital pharmacists. HPAI hosts a variety of educational activities each year for its members including courses and meetings on clinical skills, aseptics, communications.

HPAI also has a number of special interest groups which  hold regular meetings throughout the year and network closely to exchange information.  These include: Irish Antimicrobial Pharmacists’ Group; Aseptics Special Interest Group; Critical Care Special Interest Group; Cardiology Special Interest Group; Medicines Information Special Interest Group.


PIER (Pharmacists in Industry Education and Regulatory) is an interest group that has recently formed to represent the interests of pharmacists in Ireland, who work

outside of the traditional, patient facing dispensing roles. PIER launched officially in November 2012. Over 200 pharmacists work in the various sectors that support the Irish pharmaceutical industry and education sectors. The main objectives of PIER are to promote the professional status of these pharmacists in Ireland and to support their further education as a formal CPD system is implemented. PIER will also support the three Schools of Pharmacy in the rollout of the fully integrated MPharm degree.

FIP is coming back to Ireland!

FIP previously held its Congress here in 1975 and since then Ireland, and pharmacy in Ireland, has seen many changes. Today pharmacy in Ireland is undergoing its biggest transformation thanks to new legislation in 2007 to regulate the profession and expand the roles of pharmacists in Ireland.  

This new legislation established the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) as the pharmacy regulator and has provided a new regulatory framework which includes for the first time in Ireland the introduction of mandatory continuing professional development (CPD), the registration of pharmacies and the introduction of fitness to practice for pharmacists.

These new requirements have meant many changes for the profession but also new opportunities for developing and expanding professional roles such as vaccination campaigns, emergency contraception and many new pharmacy-based services.

New Irish Institute of Pharmacy

Mandatory CPD for registered pharmacists will be provided through a new Irish Institute of Pharmacy.  The main role of the Institute will be to oversee the management and delivery of CPD, including the commissioning and accreditation of formal learning activities, but it will also provide a platform for the development of the profession in Ireland.

It will play a key role in promoting engagement both within the profession and with other professions, providing opportunities for pharmacists to share ideas, information and learning.