Pharmacy Technicians Symposium - Achieving a strong pharmacy technician workforce: driven by evidence

Monday 28 September 2015
E2, 3 hours

(Separate registration required)

Organised by FIPEd


The Pharmacy Technicians Symposium, now in its fourth year, provides a forum for exploration of the need, development, utilisation and advancement of the pharmacy support workforce globally. Presentations and debates during this one and a half day forum allow pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, educators, administrators and government representatives to share the challenges and successes associated with creating a strong pharmacy support workforce, able to respond to identified needs around the world. The focus of this symposium will follow the Congress theme for better practice – science based and evidence driven. There will be opportunity for active participation of attendees as they learn about the existing evidence that demonstrates the critical need to develop and advance the practice of mid level cadres and explore how to create and utilize further evidence to achieve this goal. 



Part I – The Pharmacy Technician workforce - Evidence of the need

Application-based session


Learning objectives

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

  1. Identify the link between global workforce data and the need for expansion of the availability and utilisation of the mid level pharmacy cadres.
  2. Justify how evidence has been used to position advancements in the role of pharmacy support workers in the medicine supply chain.
  3. Demonstrate how education programmes can be established to respond to local human resource needs.
  4. Explain how the pharmacy support workforce in the European Union has achieved mobility.


Chair: Susan James (Canada)


Chris John (Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, UK)

Andrew Brown (Australia)

Dan Kibuule (University of Namibia) and Shirley-Anne Boschmans (South Africa)

João Joaquim (Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra, Portugal)