International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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.


Campaigns and Projects

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. 

  • Medicine Awareness Campaign - AMR, rational use of medicines, drug abuse, drug disposal
  • Healthy living and Diabetes Campaign - World Diabetes Day November 14th 
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign - December 1st
  • Tobacco Alert Campaign
  • Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign
  • Anti-Counterfeit Drug Campaign
  • Vampire Cup - International blood donation competition among all the IPSF member associations - Traditionally June 14th
  • World Health Assembly - the decision-making body of the Word Health Organisation - May.
Top left to right: Tobacco Alert Campaign, Anti-Counterfeit Drug Campaign, Vampire Cup


You can get involved on social media or by running public health campaigns at your university! contact seo@bpsa.co.uk for more information!

Professional Development Projects

These activities are held by IPSF during the Official Events, in particular at the World Congress and every student can apply to participate:

  • Clinical Skills Event (CSE): An interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills.
  • Compounding Event (CE): The Compounding Event aims to test knowledge and skills in the field of Pharmaceutical Technology. The project focuses on helping pharmacy students to use their compounding knowledge to prepare drugs.
  • Leaders in Training (LIT): A training program to help pharmacy students develop soft skills, improving their leadership potential. Participants are usually divided into small groups, with Trainer(s) that deliver an immersive training for 3 to 4 days.
  • Patient Counselling Event (PCE): Aims to demonstrate the importance of pharmacy counselling skills, increase awareness of pharmacists as public educators, and to encourage and promote the development of the pharmacy profession.
  • Pharmacy Profession Awareness Campaign (PPAC): The lack of awareness of the pharmacy profession is prevalent throughout society. Although important to patient health care, the pharmacy profession has not been able to communicate effectively to the public about the role, scope and importance of the profession. The PPAC aims to improve the population’s awareness about the Pharmacy Profession.
  • Trainers Development Camp (TDC): The TDC aims to develop a quality and sustainable training program for pharmaceutical students and recent graduates worldwide in order to give them a background with experience-based learning and equip them with a set of skills needed for conducting training.



Student Exchange Programme

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:

  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Research at university
  • Government or private health agencies

The SEP is run by the BPSA's SEO and more information can be found on our Student Exchange Programme page.

World Congress

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.

Regional Symposia

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:

  • African Regional Office - African Pharmaceutical Symposium (AfPS)
  • Asia Pacific Regional Office - Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Symposium (APPS)
  • Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office - Eastern Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Symposium (EMPS)
  • European Regional Office - European Regional Symposium (EuRS)
  • Pan American Regional Office - Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS)

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.

World Health Assembly

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! 

  • Pharmacy Education Newsletter
  • IPSF Newsletter
  • Phuture

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