Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 129–132 | Cite as

Changing a profession, influencing community pharmacy

  • J.W. Foppe van Mil
  • Bente Frokjær
  • Dick F.J. Tromp


The authors set out to describe the possible impact of the continuing education activities of the Community Pharmacy Section (CPS) of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) on the profession in the period from 1980 to 2002 (approximately the last two decades of the 20th century) by reviewing and interpreting documents of the Community Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation. The educational activities of the CPS have resulted in a high level of satisfaction among the participants. The CPS has also coordinated international practice research and the dissemination of the concept of pharmaceutical care. Additionally, the section's activities have informed the members of national pharmaceutical associations about new concepts, and stimulated projects on the added value of pharmacy. There are reasons to believe that the activities have created agents of change. It seems that the activities of the section have had some effect, although the exact impact remains difficult to measure because no structured evaluation method has been applied from the beginning of the continuing education activities.

Community pharmacy practice FIP Professional change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.W. Foppe van Mil
    • 1
  • Bente Frokjær
    • 2
  • Dick F.J. Tromp
    • 3
  1. 1.Margrietlaan 1ZuidlarenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.PharmakonDanish College of Pharmacy PracticeHillerødDenmark
  3. 3.Institute for Pharmaceutical CareKampenThe Netherlands

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