By Leonard Nshimiyimana
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) on Monday approved Rwanda National Pharmacy Council’s application for a membership during the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2,200 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists drawn from 98 countries across the world attended this year’s FIP congress and granted membership to four new organizations including Rwanda National Pharmacy Council.
Dr. Raymond Muganga, chairperson of the Rwandan Pharmacy Council pointed out that, “Our council is very young; becoming a member of FIP is a good opportunity which will enable us to network and collaborate with other member organisations so as to develop the pharmacy profession globally and particularly in Rwanda.”
FIP now has 139 member organizations with more than three million pharmaceutical and medicinal experts, supporting the responsible use of medicines around the world.
In press release issued by the Rwanda National Pharmacy Council, the national pharmaceutical body and their umbrella organization will reciprocally benefit from membership where they bring in their input in the global pharmaceutical career and use international networking and experiences sharing to good account.
FIP General Secretary and CEO Luc Besançon said, “The National Pharmacy Council will join sister organizations with similar roles in Africa and beyond, and FIP is looking forward to supporting the key missions of the council: regulation of the profession and ensuring the quality of education providers in Rwanda.”
Rwanda National Pharmacy Council (NPC) was set up by the Law No 45/2012 of 14/01/2013 relating to the organization, functioning and competence of the council of pharmacists.
With 600 members, the body is charged with regulating pharmacy professionals and play an advisory role to the Ministry of Health and the pharmacy institutions training programs on all matters related to the pharmacy profession.