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International Federation of Pharmacists’ Annual Congress

Over 3,000 delegates attended the annual Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) Congress in Glasgow, representing over a hundred different countries on 2 September 2018.

Delegates at Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) Conference.
Delegates at Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) Conference. MOD Crown Copyright.

This year the Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section (MEPS) of FIP represented over 20 countries. Members are from a variety of defence organisations including those from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the Australian Medical Assistance team and non government organisations working in the field of disaster relief.

The UK military were represented with Lt Col Ellie Williams co-ordinating the core MEPS events, including a meet and greet event at the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, a formal dinner night at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Host Nation Study Day. The latter was held at Edinburgh Castle and supported by a multidisciplinary UK defence team presenting on vaccinations, the fielding of a new operational analgesia and distribution of blood products in field conditions.

MEPS president said

The visit to Edinburgh Castle was especially informative. The presentations demonstrated the similar challenges and opportunities that most of our organisations face. This ability to share and resolve problems together is what makes MEPS a successful collaboration of pharmacists.

Lt Col Ellie William’s receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP).
Lt Col Ellie William’s receiving a Certificate of Appreciation’ from the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP). MOD Crown Copyright.
Published 14 September 2018