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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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Support CPA Today

The Commonwealth Pharmacists Associations 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 online course looking at the science behind the Ebola outbreak

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with FutureLearn is offering a free 3 week (4 hours per week) online course looking at the science behind the Ebola outbreak, to understand why it occurred on the scale it did and how it can be controlled.

Particularly designed for health professionals or anyone working in a health organisation, the course is structured around the following themes:-

– Infection and the importance of context

– Why and when to isolate? The logic and experience of isolation

– Transmissibility: measuring and experiencing an epidemic

– Reducing transmission: what works?

– How can we reduce the deaths? Treatments and survival

– Could vaccines be the answer?

– The future and wider impact: where is the epidemic going?

The course starts on the 13th April. To register go to:-

2015 Commonwealth Theme – A message from the Commonwealth Secretary General

A new theme is chosen annually for Commonwealth Day, and as a focus for activities undertaken during the ensuing year led by Governments of Commonwealth member states and by Commonwealth organisations.

Themes are agreed in consultation with representatives of Commonwealth civil society and presented for approval by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. The theme chosen for 2015 is ‘A Young Commonwealth’. 
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CPA Strategy

In the past 12-18 months 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, has developed a new strategy. This strategy is 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

New online distance learning courses for CPA members

Welcome to the new 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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Call for Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

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Call for Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce a Masters’ Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education.
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CPA Conference 2015

The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is very pleased to announce the Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society (BPS) as hosts for the 13th Commonwealth Pharmacists Association Conference in 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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New feature article on Medicines for Children

Set within a global context this latest 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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Your Health, Your Pharmacists – 1 of 5 Short Films from The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa

Travel Fellowship Report by 2013 Award Winner Victoria Aboagye from Ghana

In 2013 Victoria Aboagye from Ghana won the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association Travel Fellowship Award and used it to visit the United Kingdom. Her trip included visits to our head office,  the Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Glaxo Smith Kline research laboratories in Harlow. She also attended the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham.

Find out more about Victoria’s trip in her report here.

Travel Fellowship Award 2015

CPA is excited to invite applications from pharmacy students and recent pharmacy graduates for the chance to win a £2,000 travel award. The award, to be used by the successful applicant to visit a Commonwealth country of their choice, will give the opportunity to improve their own practice skills and in turn assist with the development of pharmacy in their own country, through meeting with pharmacists, pharmacy organisations and regulatory authorities.

More information on how to apply can be found here:

Details on Travel Fellowship.

International Pharmaceutical Federation on Ebola

Information from pharmacists sources in Sierra Leone

  • Ebola victims include pharmacy professionals
  • Role for pharmacists in the coordinated international response
  • FIP draws attention to WHO resources

Further details here:

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 join now.