The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) together with
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and The General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain are excited and honoured to host you in Seville, Spain, at the 80th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, from 13 to 17 September 2020.
Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neurotechnological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. News of dramatic change is all around us. We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.
Previous industrial revolutions liberated humans from reliance on animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions. This latest industrial revolution is fundamentally different. It is characterised by a range of technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting on all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. This technological revolution will also completely transform health care and pharmacy.
Digitalisation is already allowing the keeping of structured patient records, facilitating electronic prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines, automating the handling of medicines in the supply chain, and providing tools for monitoring the efficacy and safety of medicines in use. But technological progress also presents opportunities to invest in health care that proactively ensures better health and disease prevention, while ultimately minimising costs. Developments in technologies and smart systems capable of understanding health issues and complicated diseases also bring the prospect of new pharmacy tools and services. Innovation will provide ways of improving delicate decision-making processes and optimising treatment outcomes. Further advances will enable pharmacists to interact with patients through the creation of a common platform for accessing data and information in new, more efficient way.
Come to the 2020 FIP world congress, where pharmacy practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists and educators from around the world will discuss and prepare for these new technologies that will empower our profession.
Be part of this festival of discovery and inspiration — the future of the profession is bright!
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Jesús Aguilar Santamaría
General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain