Evidence-base medicine

This year Düsseldorf will host the 2015 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and we are pleased to put our second speaker spotlight on Professor Sir Michael Rawlins.

NICE founder
NICE founder

Throughout his career Sir Michael has held numerous positions in healthcare education and industry. He chaired the UK’s Committee on Safety of Medicines from 1992 to 1998 and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs from 1998 to 2008. He was also the founding chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Sir Michael is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and emeritus professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In December 2014, he took up post as the chairman of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. At the congress he will speak about evidence-based use of medicines.


We asked Sir Michael about the main challenge in its application. He explains: “Evidence-based medicine faces three challenges.  First, it requires a clear definition of the current ‘standard of care’ from which appropriate comparisons can be drawn.  Second, it requires an exhaustive scrutiny of the relevant literature but avoiding the indiscriminate use of ‘hierarchies of evidence’.  Third, it requires decision-makers to exercise (often exquisite) judgement.”


During this plenary congress session you will be able to review the importance of evidence-based use of medicine, its limitations and the challenges of its application to practice.


Abstract submission

The deadline for submitting any congress abstract is 30 April. Click here for details and categories.

Submit an abstract for the Pharmacy Support Workforce Symposium
The FIP Education Development Team is organising for the fourth time — before the main FIP congress — a Pharmacy Support Workforce and Technicians Symposium. It is the place where pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, support workforce, academics and policy-makers meet to discuss, network and present the latest in the field. For the full programme, please click here.

FIPEd is welcoming abstracts for posters that address evidence related to the need for, role and impact of a strong pharmacy technician workforce. A poster session will be held during the Pharmacy Technicians Symposium to share developments in education, practice and workplace models. Preference will be given to posters demonstrating practice-based research or evaluation as well as initiatives designed to advance pharmacy services through the development of pharmacy technicians and other mid-level professionals.

If you submit an abstract in the “Pharmacy Technicians” category you will be able to present your poster twice: once during the Pharmacy Technicians Symposium (Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 September) but also during the poster presentations at the FIP congress (30 September to 3 October). Separate registration is required for the Pharmacy Technicians Symposium.


Relax on the Rhine

For many years, experiencing the famous Rhenish atmosphere in the Düsseldorf kasemattenhas been a certainty.Kasematten (or casemates) are typically small rooms in the wall of a fortress with openings for firing weapons. Historically the Düsseldorf kasematten were part of a system of underground vaults and flood protection. Nowadays, they are part of the bustling Rhine Promenade in the city’s old town, housing cafés and bars, and theSchlüssel an den Kasematten pub in particular has become a meeting point for all those wanting to enjoy a cool beverage and get some sun at the same time. It’s a place to take a break from the FIP congress, while enjoying some fine brewery specialties.


Run and have Fun

Thursday 1 October 2015, 06:45 – 08:00. Mark this date in your agenda because the FIP Fun Run is an event you cannot miss, whether you’re a runner or spectator. The 5km run is an excellent event promoting health and wellbeing, and is an alternative opportunity for you to network. We ask runners to register their interest in advance, as places are limited. The €10 registration fee is a donation to the FIP Foundation, which promotes pharmacy education and research.


And Finally…

Did you know that the main gateway to Düsseldorf — its airport — has won numerous awards? It received the Best Regional Airport in Europe award in 2012, following an Airport Staff Service Excellence Europe Award in 2011. And, in 2006, it was awarded with “Best German Airport in its Category” by a renowned travel magazine.

With 192 destinations in 55 countries, Düsseldorf Airport gives an excellent first impression of the city. Have you booked your flight to the 2015 FIP world congress?



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