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…

Members Area

Sign up and login to our Members Area to enjoy benefits which include:

  • 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

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CPA Strategy

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.

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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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New feature article on Health Inequalities, Community Development and Community Pharmacy

In its Constitution the World Health Organisation advocated a holistic model of health defining it as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Other definitions capture the idea that health is a much more dynamic process concerned with the ability to realize aspirations and satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Pharmacists operate in the health arena and are confronted with, and challenged by, many of the factors that influence health status, behaviours and outcomes. This article shows how pharmacists can positively influence the welfare of their local communities.
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Medicines for Children

Set within a global context this article focuses on Medicines for Children particularly to chart the progress made in Commonwealth countries, the challenges that still persist to give children access to appropriate medication and the critical role that pharmacists can play to make this a reality.

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Developing an Antimicrobial Surveillance Network

Drawing from the experience in the Caribbean and the developments in other countries this latest article focuses on the systems employed to more effectively combat antimicrobial resistance with particular reference to the development and role of an Antimicrobial Surveillance Network. The paper emphasises the need for multidisciplinary collaboration and the particular role of the pharmacist to the management of antimicrobial therapies.

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The Pharmacist’s Contribution to Maternal Health in Africa

Since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 significant progress has been made in reducing child mortality and maternal mortality. However, there is still a long way to go. Every year, nearly 300,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth. Of these two thirds die in sub-Saharan Africa, where a woman has a 1 in 38 lifetime risk of maternal death compared to the 1 in 3700 lifetime risk for women living in developed regions. This paper explores the issues in relation to maternal health and mortality and describes the range of interventions that pharmacists can make in contributing to better health care outcomes for mothers, neonates and children.

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NHS Choices

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.

FIP World Congress 2016