FAPA-CP from 1997-present
The idea of this College began with a proposal in 1996 by the initiation of FAPA president Prof. Boonardt Saisorn. During 1996 he visited many FAPA member countries as a part of promoting FAPA College of Pharmacy (FAPA-CP). The establishment of FAPA-CP was decided at FAPA Directorate Meeting on November 17, 1996, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the 16th Asian Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences. FAPA president expressed his hope that member countries will support this program. After six months of ratification by member countries, FAPA president declared the establishment of FAPA-CP to be proclaimed on May 17, 1997 due to Article 16 (No. 6) in approval for the creation of Sections of the Federation.
FAPA-CP was inaugurated on May 17, 1998, Mumbai India, Prof. Tsuneji Nagai was elected as the first President and Dr. Pornpen Pramyothin as Executive Director with main aims of elevating and enhancing pharmacy practice through special training under the auspices of FAPA-CP and those who will qualify will be given the title of Fellow.
The operational plan of FAPA-CP (1998-2003) was distributed to all FAPA member countries with the following goal and principles:
Goal : First Fellow by the year 2003.
Principles : - There are two levels of degree (Assoc. F.A.C.P. and F.A.C.P.)
- Assoc. F.A.C.P. and F.A.C.P. are professional degrees.
- Assoc. F.A.C.P. requires at least 3 years of active practice in the field of specialization.
- F.A.C.P. requires at least 5 years of active practice in the field of specialization.
- In the first stage, there will be 3 areas of specialization namely Pharmaceutical Technology (PT), Pharmaceutical Care (PC) and Social and Administrative Pharmacy (SAP).
- Primary examination is needed to demonstrate the competency in pharmacy practice of the candidate before entering the chosen field of specialization.
- Primary examination includes knowledge required for basic role of pharmacist in each field of specialization under the responsibility of Board of Examiners.
- Training programs are required in different levels:
- General skills needed in each field of specialization (Assoc. F.A.C.P.).
- specialized skills needed in each field of specialization (F.A.C.P.).
- Training programs (modules) must be collaborated by FAPA member countries.
- Final examination of each field of specialization must be done by specialists nominated from FAPA member countries (Court of Examiners).
The memorandum of College and scope of training in each field of specialization was approved at FAPA Directorate Meeting on December 10, 1998, Mumbai India, in the 17th Asian Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences. At this meeting FAPA-CP amendments in the statutes was in placed. FAPA-CP was accepted as one section of FAPA. The president of FAPA-CP is one of FAPA vice president and FAPA-CP executive director acts as FAPA section chairman. The initial terms of FAPA-CP president and executive director last for 8 years.
FAPA-CP-Thailand was notified on July 18, 1998 to act as an organization in collaboration with FAPA-CP, together with one committee and 4 subcommittees. Executive Committee-Thailand is an operation body, three Subcommittees on Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Care and Social and Administrative Pharmacy for preparation of scope and details of training in each field of specialization and Website Subcommittee for promoting and providing information of Fellow Degrees through website. Details of each training module in each field of specialization, qualifications of Board of Examiners, Preceptors and Training Sites were already accredited at the Directorate Meeting in the 18th Asian Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sydney, Australia (October, 2000).
The success of this program really needs network collaboration among FAPA member countries. As FAPA-CP president once said the coming century is of Asia and also of pharmacists, let’s do it together.