The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 in London, the United Kingdom, by eight pharmacy student associations. The Federation now represents approximately 500,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide. IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. We promote improved public health through the provision of information, education, and networking opportunities as well as a range of publications and professional activities.
The Federation has its secretariat co-located with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in The Hague, the Netherlands. IPSF holds Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), Operational Relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Roster Consultative Status of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC).
IPSF initiatives focus on the areas of public health, pharmacy education, and professional development. Initiatives include multiple public health campaigns, research on issues in pharmacy education and workforce development, the Student Exchange Programme, organising international and regional events, and publication of the IPSF newsletters in pharmacy education and student exchange, among other responsibilities.
The five regional extensions of the Federation are the:
- Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO);
- African Regional Office (AfRO);
- Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO);
- European Regional Office (EuRO);
- Pan American Regional Office (PARO)
IPSF is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization. Its main aim is to lead international advocacy organization of pharmacy students promoting improved public health through provision of information, education networking and range of publications and professional activities. The IPSF Secretariat is supported and hosted by FIP in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Federation Objectives is to establish a permanent form of contact with representative organizations of pharmaceutical students, encourage member associations to organize annual international pharmaceutical students' congresses; In addition to various workshops where they increase the circle of awareness of certain topics targeting both pharmacy and non pharmacy student, and projects that enhances the qualifications of a pharmacy student. IPSF also promotes and encourages international visits and exchanging of students.