Students Today, Pharmacists Tomorrow.
Established in London in 1949, the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) is the leading International Advocacy Organisation for pharmacy students. Representing over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide, IPSF aims to promote improved public health and pharmacy education through the provision of information, education, networking, and a range of publications and professional activities.
The British Pharmaceutical Students' Association is a Full Member Organisation representing pharmacy students in Great Britain to the IPSF. As a member of the BPSA you are automatically a member of IPSF and are invited to participate in the numerous programmes, projects, conferences, exchanges and other opportunities that IPSF can provide.
IPSF offers resources and support to run multiple campaigns that complement the pharmacists’ role in public health, all of which are greatly aided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with whom IPSF holds Official Relations status.
You can get involved on social media or by running public health campaigns at your university! contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
These activities are held by IPSF during the Official Events, in particular at the World Congress and every student can apply to participate:
The Student Exchange Programme is the IPSF's largest project. It offers professional pharmacy internships. Every year more than 900 students participate in over 65 countries.
The Student Exchange Programme enables cultural exchange between pharmacy students around the world by sharing knowledge and experiences.
The length is usually 2 weeks to 3 months with a minimum of 40 working hours per exchange, and possible host sites include:
The SEP is run by the BPSA's SEO and more information can be found on our Student Exchange Programme page.
The World Congress is the main event of the Federation's calendar and usually lasts for 10 days. They have been held yearly since 1961.The first conference was held in London in 1949 and the first Congress was held in 1957 in Mosney, Ireland.
During the week there are multiple workshops and symposia of a scientific and educational nature. The main activity of the World Congress is the General Assembly, where the elections of the Executive Committee take place, and any motions raised from members such as at the BPSA Annual Conference are debated and voted on.
The five Regional Offices organise a Regional Symposium yearly, and they usually last for 7 days. They are the main event for all the Associations in the region. The BPSA’s region is EuRO but in total there are 5 regions:
As a BPSA member you may attend any of these symposia even if they are not in your region. This year for example EuRS will be held in Porto, Portugal and APPS will be held in Singapore.
The IPSF holds official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and as a result is granted the opportunity to attend officer WHO events such as the WHO Executive Board Meeting and the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Every year, IPSF sends representatives to these official events, where delegates attend various high-level meetings, panels and work to promote IPSF relations with other NGOs and stakeholders.
The IPSF produces and distributes an array of publications during the year to showcase member Associations’ activities and provide an outlook on past and current projects. Publications provide member Associations with publishing opportunities to encourage involvement in their education and profession!