What is a pharmaceutical scientist?
In March 2015, FIP’s Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences adopted the following definition of "pharmaceutical scientist":A pharmaceutical scientist is a qualified expert in aspects of the science and technology of medical products. This includes but is not limited to the discovery, development, manufacture, regulation, and utilisation of medical products - embracing how medicines work, how safe and effective products are brought to the market, their impact on the body and their effect on the prevention and treatment of disease.
FIP special interest groups and who can join them
To advance the pharmaceutical sciences on a global level is one of FIP’s three main strategic objectives. 10 special interest groups (SIGs), led by the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS), develop initiatives to help FIP and its member organisations achieve this goal.
All individual FIP members can choose to be a member of a SIG, through which they can interact with peers and colleagues with similar interests from all over the world. Major platforms for these interactions include the annual FIP world congress and the Pharmaceutical Science World Congresses (PSWC) which takes place every three years. (The next PSWC will be held in Montreal, Canada, 22-27 May 2020.)
The special interest groups are:
Analytical sciences and pharmaceutical quality (this SIG currently has one focus group: pharmaceutical enzymes)
Drug design and discovery
Formulation design and pharmaceutical technology
New generation of pharmaceutical scientists
Pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD) and systems pharmacology
Pharmacy practice research
Regulatory sciences (this SIG currently has four focus groups: Dissolution/In vitro drug release, BCS and biowaivers, BA/BE and clinical bridging studies)
Translational research and precision medicine