Together! Work Bigger~ Joint FAPA/Taiwan Reception in 2009 FIP Istanbul Congress

Posted On 星期五, 九月 25, 2009

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On September 6th during the FIP Congress (Istanbul, Turkey), the Pharmaceutical Society of Taiwan jointly hosted the first-ever FAPA/Taiwan Reception in the Hilton Istanbul with the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations, and the Taiwan Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  This is the first try in the FIP Congress that we together invite our international colleagues and friends; jointly celebrate the friendships and annual meeting in the FIP World Congress.

(Opening of the Reception, September 6th)

(Playing of 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition video)

Before we arrived at Istanbul, the PST Office systematically emailed and mailed the invitations to our FAPA member countries and to FIP, and we gained lots of responses.  At the date of the FAPA/Taiwan Reception, more than 300 colleagues and friends attended our Reception.  And, many leaders or board members from different countries’ society/organizations showed up and joined us at night.  The Reception started at 5pm, and we are honored to have President Nam (FAPA), President Chien (TSHP), Mr. Thony Björk (FIP), Prof. Nagai (FAPA), Dr. Peter Kailgast (Former President of FIP, and Former Director of FIP Education & Research Foundation), and Mr. Leslie Z. Benet (FIP) to address to the audience.  During the Reception, we are appreciated that Dr. Kamal K. Midha (FIP), Mr. Ton Hoek (FIP), Mr. John Bell (FIP), and Mr. John Ware (WPPF) joined us and celebrate the meaningful night with us.

(President Nam, FAPA)

(President Chien, TSHP)

(President Huang, PST)

(Mr. Thony Björk, FIP Vice President)

(Mr. Leslie Z. Benet, FIP Education & Research Foundation)

(President Huang and Dr. Kamal K. Midha, FIP President)

(Mr. John Ware and his colleagues, WPPF)

(Mr. John Bell and our MC)

FAPA, as co-host of this Reception, more than a hundred participants were from FAPA member countries and this hadn’t have included the participants of 80~90 from Taiwan.  Our distinguished guest and a old friend, Dr. Peter Kailgast made the comments out of his personal feeling, “these group of Taiwanese people, in my term as being the President of FIP, the first question they asked me was not I expected, but asking me that what they can do for FIP, for the international pharmacy profession. And this reminded me of what the US President John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural addressing, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  People in the Ballroom were not un-touched by this sincere and passionate addressing, not to mention the Taiwanese people who’s been respecting and cherishing old friends and friendships.

(Dr Peter Kailgast, Former FIP President; A respectful elderly and old friend)

At the end of Dr. Kailgast’s addressing, he also suggested three reasons for people to consider visiting Taiwan.  First of all, try and visit Taiwan and prove yourself why the Portuguese sailed to the seashore of this small green island, shouted out “El La Formosa!” astonished by its beauty.  Second, Please take a look the people around you, you would find who adorable are these people and what/how you can expect the 2010 FAPA Congress in Taiwan.  Last but not least, for the professional suggestion, the National Health Insurance Program of Taiwan shall provide as good example for the world and share its fruitful experience with its international colleagues.

The Reception ended around 7pm and all the participants happily left after taking photos in front of the Reception banner.  It was a successful Reception ever-co-hosted by FAPA/PST/TSHP.  Hope the Reception would continue and see you all next year in FIP Congress (Lisbon, Portugal) and for sure, we can’s miss you in Taiwan for 2010 FAPA Congress.

(Group photo taken with friends and Taiwanese people)

My Past Article for FAPA Website: News (

2009/7/21  FAPA Taiwan Reception – JointInvitation Letter (2009/07/17)
2009/7/8  FAPA-AASP Workshop on Pharmacy Practice and Education 2009(12th June 2009)
2009/6/20  Highlights from the 2010 FAPA Congress MOA
2009/6/20  2010 FAPA Congress Presentation and MOA Signing Ceremony
2009/1/20  Forum on Community Pharmacy Accreditation

A Shining Star In 2009 FIP Congress Exhibition – Booth No.55 (Article for FAPA Website)

Posted On 星期五, 九月 25, 2009

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FIP Annual Congress, the 69th World Congress Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science Congress, was taken place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 3rd ~ 8th 2009 (Main theme: Responsibility for Patient Outcomes – Are you ready?).  As the host of the 2010 Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) Congress, Pharmaceutical Society of Taiwan (PST) took this great opportunity to promote next year FAPA to our international colleagues.  Together with the 2010 FAPA Congress promotion, PST also helped the Taipei City Government to promote the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition.

The promotion booth in the Congress Exhibition Hall was designed under two themes, the 2010 FAPA Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, and the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition.  Therefore, we could find the four giant posters below which attracted most of the people to take picture as background.

(Giant Poster, No.1 of 4: 2010 Taipei International Flora Expositions)

(Giant Poster, No.2 of 4: 2010 Taipei International Flora Expositions)

(Giant Poster, No.3 of 4: 2010 FAPA Congress in Taipei, Taiwan)

(Giant Poster, No.4 of 4: 2010 FAPA Congress in Taipei, Taiwan)

The FIP Congress began at 2pm in the afternoon of September 3rd.  Opening Ceremony started with Turkish Minster of Health and FIP President Dr. Kamal K. Midha’s addressing.  In between the ceremony, the Turkish brought the participants the most famous performance, the Shaman Dance Theater.  Right after the Opening Ceremony, the Welcome Reception was followed and held in the Exhibition Hall.  More than two thousand of Congress participants crowed into the Exhibition Hall and make the Hall the well-know, Grand Bazaar.

(President Nam signed for FAPA)

(President Nam, and President Huang took picture with the Booth Staff from PST/TYPG)

(Vice Presidents, Mr. Ahaditomo and Mr. Joseph Wang)

(Vice President of FAPA, Ms. Lyesa and her colleague with President Huang )

(Booth: sign board for people to leave message or blessing for FAPA)

(Turkish congress participant wore our Butterfly Costume)

(At the end of the days, we got tones of signing on the guest book)

(People crowded into our FAPA Booth, No. 55)

(Gentlman got the price after winning the game from us)

(Lady got the price after winning the game from us)

(People who were interested at the game, and ready to gain a price from us)

The 23rd Federation of Asian of Pharmaceutical Associations Congress will be held from November 5th to 8th at the Taipei International Conference Center.  The Organizing Committee and the people in Taiwan are welcoming all the international colleague to take a visit to our island, and experience the passion and hospitality of our Taiwanese People.  Please visit our website:

My Past Article for FAPA Website: News (

2009/7/21  FAPA Taiwan Reception – JointInvitation Letter (2009/07/17)
2009/7/8  FAPA-AASP Workshop on Pharmacy Practice and Education 2009(12th June 2009)
2009/6/20  Highlights from the 2010 FAPA Congress MOA
2009/6/20  2010 FAPA Congress Presentation and MOA Signing Ceremony
2009/1/20  Forum on Community Pharmacy Accreditation

受保護的文章:1st FAPA Website Committee Meeting Minutes(PWD:Song for 2010 FAPA Promotion)

Posted On 星期五, 二月 13, 2009

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Article for FAPA Website: Forum on Community Pharmacy Accreditation

Posted On 星期四, 二月 12, 2009

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Forum on Community Pharmacy Accreditation, 24-25 November 2009 (Taipei, Taiwan)


Picture of the Forum Participants after the Closing Remark

On 24-25 November 2008, the first international forum on community pharmacy accreditation was domestically held in Taipei Medical University (TMU) in Taiwan.  This forum was part of the project granted by the Department of Health, Study on Accreditation System in Different Countries.  And, the forum was co-hosted by the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations and sponsored by Taipei Pharmacists’ Association, Cheng’s Foundation for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and T.M.U. Pharmacy Alumni Foundation for Culture and Education.

Six inviting speakers from different countries shared with the audience about their experience involving in development of the quality assurance systems:

1. Ms. Park Hye Kyung (Principle Research Scientist, Korea Institute for Pharmaceutical Policy Affairs, Korea);


Right, Ms. Park Hye Kyung Receiving the Forum Gift

2. Mr. Nobuo Yamamoto (Vice-President of Japan Pharmaceutical Association, Japan);


Mr. Yamamoto Session in the Morning, Forum Day 1 (11/24)

3. Mr. Katha Bunditanukul (President of Community Pharmacist Foundation, Thailand);


Mr. Bunditabukul

4. Angela Su, Pharm.D. (Pharmacist of Taipei Medical University-Wan Fang Hospital, USA/Taiwan);

5. Mr. John Chang (President-Elect of FAPA, Malaysia);


Mr John Chang (Malaysia)

6. Mr. Jay Hooper (Past National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australia) 。


Mr. Jay Hooper (Australia)

Dr. Ming-Jer Shieh (Vice President of TMU), Ms. Li-Ling Liu (Deputy Director General of Bureau of Pharmaceutical Affairs), and Dr. Soo-Ja Nam (President of FAPA) addressed all the participants that community pharmacies and the community pharmacists are fundamentally crucial and they take care after people, provide health consultation.  Therefore, to establish a higher standard should be the goal to keep working on, and put into practice.


Dr. Soo Ja Nam Taking Question in the Forum

In Forum Day 1, theme of the day was Community Pharmacy Accreditation.  Ms. Park as first speaker shared the newly drafted Korean Good Pharmacy Practice guidelines and told the guidelines would be put into practice together with the pharmacy education reformation (4 to 6 years) in 2009.  Forum second speaker was Mr. Yamamoto, and he spent a lot of time talking about the history of Japanese pharmacy development which well-explained what brought the Japanese pharmacists to the status of nowadays.  The accreditation system of Japan has been modified up to version No. 3.  The following Mr. Bunditanukul started talking about the health insurance reform in Thailand that followed with the joint cooperation among the Thailand pharmacy administration, Food and Drug Administration of Thailand and the Community Pharmacy Association to develop the Community Pharmacy Development and Accreditation Program.

Starting of the afternoon session, Ms. Su shared her American experience which told us that USA doesn’t have the kind of accreditation system but apply the pharmacy laws regulating the opening of a standardized pharmacy.  Mr. Chang kicked out lots of problems that Malaysians might face that some of us are facing, which provide the audience different views over looking the benchmarking guidelines. Mr. Hooper from Australia introduceed their system, QCPP (Quality Care Pharmacy Practice), for the audience and made a much higher overview to the quality assurance system.

Theme for the Forum Day 2 was Internship of Pharmacy Students in Community Pharmacy.  The Forum arranged 3 presentations in the morning according to the maturity of development from different countries. Ms. Park presented Korean developing courses, Mr. Yamamoto presented their developed system, and Mr. Hooper presented the well-developed program.  It’s not about comparing at all but made the chance for the people to learn from each other, to know what others are doing, to share what we have and what we don’t have.

2 days of forum was ended by Dr. Nam’s closing remark.  As being the supervisor of the granted project and the forum, Professor Kuang-Yang Hsu was in the hope that the forum could bring different inspirations for pharmacists in Taiwan.  And taking different community pharmacy accreditation systems for reference, development of Taiwan community pharmacy accreditation system should be taken into consideration.  Especially for the community pharmacists and pharmacies, the discussion and communication should be continuous with pharmacy professional organizations and the pharmacy administration involved.  In the end, we could make the most benefit for all upon a better and higher standard.