Welcome to Germany on behalf of FIP and ABDA!

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 132 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.

Local Host Committee

The ABDA and its 34 member organizations welcome you all to Düsseldorf, the bustling Rhine metropolis in the heart of Europe. Pharmacists from Germany look forward to meeting their counterparts from around the world at the FIP Congress!

ABDA - The Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists is the umbrella organization of the approximately 60,000 pharmacists in Germany. Members of the ABDA are 17 chambers of pharmacists and 17 associations of pharmacists at state level. The chambers of pharmacists are syndicated to the Federal Chamber of Pharmacists (BAK), the associations of pharmacists are syndicated to the German Pharmacists' Association (DAV).


Pharmacy Practice in Germany


With more than 20,000 pharmacies and a population of more than 80 million, Germany has a pharmacy density of 25 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants. In fact, the total number of pharmacies in Germany has slightly decreased in recent years. In germany, only pharmacists may operate a pharmacy.

This principle stresses the personal responsibility and liability of self-employed pharmacists in the healthcare sector. In its ruling of 19 May 2009, the European Court of Justice confirmed that the ban on third-party ownership in Germany is an acceptable and effective tool of customer protection.