Four main subtopics

The subtopics reflect the overarching theme of the congress and look at trends, roles, responses and targets.

Topic A: New trends in science, practice and education

Think technology, digitalisation, robotics, individualisation, virtual classroom, communication, people-centred care and ethical challenges
Topic Coordinators: Ralph Altiere, Tetsuya Ozeki, Hiroshi Suzuki.

Topic B: New roles, opportunities, and responsibilities

Think pharmacists’ roles, roles of individuals, new services, collaboration, and education
Topic Coordinators: Toyin Tofade, Mary Wang, Michael Ward.

Topic C: Health now!

Think new research, ethical challenges, new values, access to health, health systems, sustainability, environmental sustainability, non-communicable diseases, patient empowerment, women empowerment, quality and assessment
Topic Coordinators: Lars-Åke Söderlund, Betty Chaar, Michael Ward.

Topic D: Targeting special interest

This topic will target special interests in the different fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.
Topic Coordinators: Betty Chaar, Mary Wang.

New horizons for pharmacy The 2019 FIP congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), invites pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider how new technologies are changing the way they work.

New trends in science, practice and education are creating new horizons for the pharmacy profession. Innovations in technology, such as robotics and digitalisation are changing the role of health care professionals, scientists and educators. New skills, competencies, knowledge and attitudes need to be developed by pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world to adapt to these new roles. In the process, we also need to embrace new opportunities and the challenges associated with change. Change is dynamic and so we need to maintain momentum and dedicate our resources to assure health care delivery to our customers, clients and patients. People need to be empowered and included in the process of care, which should be both evidencebased and innovative in approach.

Navigating winds of change is always challenging. Quality and safety must not be compromised as we experiment with new opportunities. Open and honest communication is needed not only within and between the health care professions but also with supporting roles such as research science, IT, regulatory science and education. Only by connecting with each other can we maintain professionalism and public trust.

The FIP World Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2019 will offer a collaboration platform for scientists, researchers, practitioners, educators and students of pharmacy to be inspired and prepared for new achievements in a world of change. Plenary sessions, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking will provide an up-to-date overview of new concepts and tools to advance the field of pharmacy. Be a part of this festival of discovery and inspiration – the future of the profession is bright!