Who we are
The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is an organisation of Commonwealth professional pharmaceutical bodies and individual members, dedicated to promoting and disseminating the pharmaceutical sciences throughout the Commonwealth and to improving the quality and range of services offered by pharmacists.
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Students join for free
We now offer free student membership. Membership confers a number of benefits including access to leading articles, our members forum and regional news across the Commonwealth. In addition to these we offer free online courses to our members.
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Support CPA Today
The Commonwealth Pharmacists Associations is a charity whose aim is to establish and maintain the highest possible professional standards of pharmacy throughout the Commonwealth through distance learning, workshops, travelling fellowships, and the provision of resources e.g. British National Formularies. If you would like to show your support please join us as a member or donate here…
- Free accredited online courses
- Access to leading articles on key topics
- Network with international pharmacy practice
- Reduced rates to CPA Conferences
- Access to NHS Choices
- Links to wider sources of information
In 2014 the Executive Committee of CPA, in recognition of the importance and value of CPA to individuals, organisations and Governments in delivering better health care and, in particular, improved medicines management, developed a new strategy. This strategy was designed to enable the organisation to better respond to the challenges of the 21st century, to build its membership and offer a greater level of support to its members, particularly to those in the developing world; also to strengthen and extend its collaborative networks in the interests of synergistic working.
Here you will find our strategy. Click to open as a PDF or right click and choose “save as/save link as” to save it to your computer. CPA Strategic Plan 2014
2016 Commonwealth Theme
The theme for this year is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “An Inclusive Commonwealth refers to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the richness of the Commonwealth as a family of nations in which each member state is valued equally and has an equal voice. In changing times, the need for the Commonwealth to act as an inclusive network for mutual support, development and growth of opportunity and rights for all is as great as ever.”
Individuals and groups are encouraged to draw inspiration from and interpret the theme in their own ways.
For more information click here.
Online distance learning courses for CPA members
Welcome to the online distance learning provision.
The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD), part of the School of Pharmacy, The Queen’s University of Belfast, has kindly agreed to make available two of its online courses to members of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association. This is being done on a trial basis to test both the utility of the online format and course applicability to other practice contexts. The materials are being offered free of charge to CPA members.
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NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website. It provides a comprehensive health information service to members of the public to enable them to manage and make decisions regarding their health and wellbeing and access services. It also provides extensive resources for health and social care professionals to support them in their daily work. NHS Choices is a reliable source of health and social care information. NHS Choices information is available to CPA members. To find out more
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FIP World Congress 2016 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
In anticipation of the upcoming congress FIP gave three pharmacists a preview of the programme and asked them what they thought. Here is the first article: ‘Ways to reduce the burden of disease – every community pharmacists has a part!’
For more information on the congress please click here.
Commonwealth Medical Association 24th Triennial Conference, 2016
14 to 16 October 2016, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Digital Health for Health and Wellbeing”
For more information on the Conference Programme click here
WHO News Feed
- Lower doses of yellow fever vaccine could be used in emergencies
- WHO/PAHO and partners set out Zika strategic response plan for the next 18 months
- WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR(2005)) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations