D14 - Ethical competence in pharmacy

Conference Hall A - Section A

Organised by the FIP Expert Group on Ethics, in collaboration with FIP’s Hospital Pharmacy Section, FIPEd and the YPG


Dalia Bajis (The University of Sydney, Australia) and Marwan Akel (Lebanese International University, Lebanon)


Ethical competency is a foundational element of preparing generations of pharmacists to practise in society. However, many faculties and institutions do not dedicate sufficient resources and time to training in ethical competency. Ethical competency is composed of ethical awareness and sensitivity, as well as ethical decision-making skills. Developing moral reasoning capabilities and expertise in ethical decision-making based on ethical competency can be challenging. A combination of simulation teaching pedagogy, experience, story-telling and enhanced communication skills all play an important part of building this complex competency. This session will introduce the concept of ethical competency to delegates, and further engage them in techniques tried and tested in training pharmacy students and practitioners in ethical competency.


12:30 – 12:35 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 12:35 – 12:45 Can we train pharmacists in building ethical competence?
    Rebekah Moles (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  2. 12:45 – 12:55 What skills do we teach our students in pharmacy ethics?
    Wilma Göttgens (Apotheek Göttgens, Netherlands)
  3. 12:55 – 13:35 Challenges to training in ethical competence ― Case studies of certain countries in relation to training in ethical competence
    – Marwan Akel (Lebanese International University, Lebanon)
    – Stephen Eckel (UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, USA)
    – Maria Allinson (Keele University, UK)
    – Ingunn Björnsdottir (University of Oslo, Norway)
  4. 13:35 – 13:50 Ethical competency — How can it be taught?

Open discussion

13:50 – 13:55 Conclusion by the chairs

13:55 – 14:00 Room refresh

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Compare the elemental components of ethical competency in the context of pharmacy training
  2. Forecast the challenges to training in this field and how to manage them
  3. Build an inventory of resources and tools to assist with training in ethical competency
  4. Compare trainings in ethical competency in their country.

Type of session: Application-based