The International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) is an organisation that represents pharmaceutical students, pharmacy students and recent graduates from all over the world. It was founded in 1949 and it is the oldest faculty-based student organisation. The Federation is engaged in the following areas: pharmacy education, public health, professional development, advocacy, cultural awareness, and partnerships developing pharmacists worldwide. IPSF represents over 320,000 individuals in more than 80 countries with more than 100 different representative pharmacy student organisations.
IPSF is the leading international advocacy organization for pharmacy students, promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking and a range of publications initiatives.For its outstanding performance and variety of activities held, DPCG Students Union have been accepted as a member in the previous IPSF World Congress.
Benefits of Being a MemberWe can divide them in two parts: 'Benefits for Organisations" and "Benefits for Individuals'.
Benefits for Organisations
Every Member Organisation of IPSF is part of the global community of pharmacy students, making their represented pharmacy students part of the Federation, too. Therefore, when an Organisation decides to join the Federation, not only their team or Executives join IPSF, but all the students that they represent who will be able to use the “Benefits for Individuals”.The benefits for Organisations:
- Representation on the international stage by joining the General and Regional Assemblies on behalf of the Organisation with:
- Speaking rights (for Members in Association)
- Speaking and voting rights (for Full Members)
- Three (3) Official Delegates spots for every Official IPSF Event, to represent the Member Organisation
- 2.Creation of leadership positions for your members with the right to appoint one (1) Contact Person, who will be the bridge between the Organisation and the Federation:
- 3.Become aware of global trends and the work of the Federation in the community of Members Organisations in the "Contact Person Groups".
- 4.Support and idea sharing from the IPSF Team and global network of pharmacy students to develop your organisation from other similar organisations and from the IPSF Team on any matter.
- 5.Increase cultural competence for your members with the right to join the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) and organise the programme in your own country/city.
- 6.Develop leaders in your Organisation and improve public health and professional development in your organisation through the right to join the campaigns and competitions from IPSF, with support from the IPSF Team.
- 7.Ability to seek accreditation opportunities for activities your organisation holds.
- 8.Bring the world of pharmacy students to your door with the ability to bid for hosting the IPSF Official Events (after one year as member) and other international activities.
- 9.Increased opportunity for your members to attend events with an Increased quota of spots for the first registration phase of every IPSF Official Event with increased number of members involved In your organisation.
- 10.Increase international recognition and exposure through publication opportunities of your activities and advertisements of your events.
- 11.Financial support with grants for your Organisation and individual members to participate in the Federation.
- 12.Receive international awards for high involvement in IPSF activities that improve public health and pharmacy advocacy on a global scale.
- 13.Provide the 'Benefits for Individuals' for all the represented students.
Benefits for Individuals
All the individuals who are members of the Federation (via Member Organisations, Individual Members and Honorary Life Members) have the following benefits:
- 1.Attendance at IPSF Official Events
- 2.Participation in the Student Exchange Programme.
- 3.Leadership opportunities as part of the IPSF Team.
- 4.Publication opportunities in our regularly released IPSF Newsletters, and Phuture, our scientific publication.
- 5.Professional Development opportunities through Leaders in Training and Patient Counselling, Clinical Skills, and Compounding Events and Competition.
- 6.Internship opportunities with partner Organisations, such as the World Health Organisation and International Pharmaceutical Federation.
- 7.Engagement in improving public health with opportunities for campaign organisation and implementation on a local level, and the ability to join the IPSF Delegation at the World Health Assembly and other World Health Organisation events.
- 8.Engagement in international affairs and issues impacting pharmacy students with the ability to attend select United Nations events.
- 9.Invitation to join the International Pharmaceutical Federation's World Congress, with special rights as a student.
- 10.Grants for attendance to events and participation in the Student Exchange Program.
- 11.Opportunities to engage with partners at professional events.