Quality assurance in a global context - new ways, new methods

Thursday 1 October 2015
D4*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-016-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)

Organised by FIPEd EDT


Scientists, educators and practitioners strive for quality in what they do, and desire optimal outcomes and impact from their efforts. But how is quality - whether it be of education or services - measured, validated and assured? This is invariably the role of agencies such as accreditors and regulators; some of which operate as arms of the government, others are independent and autonomous. These bodies must work closely with all sectors of the profession to ensure a systematic approach to quality and quality improvement. Such structures and systems, however, are not always in place. FIP has developed a global framework for quality assurance of pharmacy education, which is valid and evidence-based. It is designed to support national and international efforts to advance quality in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education. The session will describe how the framework was developed, the foundational principles behind it, and provide examples of how it has already been used to advance the quality of education. Examples of regional and transnational collaborations to assure and advance the quality of pharmacy education and services will be presented.     

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of accreditors and regulators in establishing standards and maintaining quality of education and service delivery.
  2. Describe the purpose of the FIP Global Framework for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education.
  3. Check the role quality indicators play in assuring the quality of pharmaceutical care services.
  4. Describe examples of transnational initiatives and activities to assure and advance quality of pharmacy education.

Chairs: Mike Rouse (FIPEd EDT Education Lead for Quality Assurance, USA) and Lilian Azzopardi (University of Malta, Malta) 


09:00 1) The role of regulation in a modern context
Marshall Moleschi (Ontario College of Pharmacists, Canada)
Bronwyn Clark (Australian Pharmacy Council, Australia)

09:45 2) Developing a Quality Assurance Framework – global applications
Mike Rouse (FIPEd EDT Education Lead for Quality Assurance, USA)

10:20 Break

10:40 3) Quality indicators: the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines Project
Olga Grintsova (Ukraine)
Zinaida Bezverhni (Moldova)

11:20 4) Quality assurance without borders: examples of transnational collaboration

I. Certification of JSS University, India, by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

a) Mike Rouse (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, USA)

b) G. Parthasarathi (Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara - JSS University, India)

II.  Accreditation of Qatar University by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

a) Wayne Hindmarsh (Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, Canada)

b) Ayman Ouda El-Kadi (College of Pharmacy, Qatar)

III.  Transnational initiatives in Europe to assure and advance the quality of pharmacy education

Lilian Azzopardi (European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Malta) 

11:50 5) Questions, answers and final announcements