Global Pharmacy Technicians’ Symposium

“Changing landscapes in the digital age: The pharmacy support workforce as part of the solution toward universal health coverage” 

Since 2012 the FIP Pharmacy Technicians’ Symposium has been hosted during the FIP congress to provide an international audience of pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, educators, regulators and administrators to come together and explore current issues and challenges regarding the education, role development and utilization of the pharmacy support workforce within the pharmacy profession and broader healthcare system.

In 2019, the FIP Advisory Committee for the Pharmacy Technicians and Support Workforce Strategic Platform was established and took on the responsibility to host future Symposiums. Like all other FIP Congress events in 2020, the Pharmacy Technicians’ Symposium was hosted and delivered as a new digital event and on October 20th, in conjunction with World Pharmacy Technician Day, the committee hosted their first Digital Event, showcasing how pharmacy technicians from different regions globally and varied practice environments adapted their practice to support the pharmacy profession’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Ten years after the first symposium, the committee will host, on October 19th/20th, the 2021 Pharmacy Technicians’ Symposium, once again in celebration of World Pharmacy Technician Day (October 19). This digital event will offer 2 half day sessions showcasing global roles among the pharmacy technician workforce, built on a theme of trust and working with others, and demonstrating alignment with the FIP Development Goals and collaboration with other members of the pharmaceutical workforce toward transformation of the profession over the next decade.


19 October 2021  
13:00 – 14:30 CEST FIP “Setting goals for the decade ahead” |
Episode 16 | FIP DG 8: Working with others
14:30 – 15:00 CEST Opening session
15:00 – 16:30 CEST Leadership and Pharmacy Technician Workforce Development
20 October 2021  
13:00 – 14:30 CEST Optimising the Pharmacy Support Workforce with Integrated Digital Health Technologies
14:30 – 14:35 CEST Break
14:35 – 15:50 CEST Unique Pharmacy Technician Activities “Things you didn’t know pharmacy technicians do”
15:50 – 16:00 CEST Symposium Closing Remarks