The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding, defining how they will work synergistically to advance health for the public benefit by developing the pharmacy profession. FIP and CPA have already been working together on pushing forward the pharmaceutical workforce agenda.
CPA executive director Victoria Rutter commented;
“2018 has provided important opportunities for the CPA’s advocacy efforts for the profession around both the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting. This year the voice of the CPA was significantly louder due to the support in these efforts offered by FIP. These are exciting times and we are looking forward to building on the work we have done this year to create change and progress for the profession and improve the use of medicines for the people of the commonwealth. We feel we are stronger together.”
Under the memorandum, both organisations will seek to improve the use of medicines through providing expertise to support the access to and development of education for pharmacy professionals around better use of medicines, and research to demonstrate the benefits of pharmacists to patient care and the better use of medicines.
FIP CEO Catherine Duggan commented;
“Having two international organisations working in mutually beneficial and positive ways provides an excellent framework for similar collaborations at local levels, which we will both support and encourage. I was so proud to sign such an agreement. A sign of collaboration and consolidation of shared values. This is a historic day that builds in the hard work of many in both our organisations. Such a partnership consolidated our collaboration around areas of shared vision and enables us to grow and build from here.”