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Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences

BPS handles all aspects of FIP’s scientific activities and addresses challenges

Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences mission

Strategic plan Board of Pharmaceutical SciencesThe major role of the BPS is to handle all scientific aspects of FIP’s activities. The BPS’s vision is to be the global focal point for the promotion of pharmaceutical sciences and thereby contribute to the promotion of world health, especially through disease prevention and treatment. 

Advances in the pharmaceutical sciences improve the discovery, development, manufacture and use of safe, effective and quality medicines and medical products. In order to ensure that science remains at the core of pharmacy, the BPS vision includes being a partner in related aspects of pharmaceutical education.

The mission of the BPS is to serve as the leading international forum for the promotion of scientific interchange among pharmaceutical scientists, education in the pharmaceutical sciences, and the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences globally.

The BPS has outlined five strategic objectives in order to realise its vision and mission, accompanied by specific activities. This can be found in its “Strategic plan”, published in 2018.


Challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical sciences

The chairs of eight of the SIGs have compiled opinions with regard to major challenges for the pharmaceutical sciences over the next five to 10 years in a paper published in 2015.

Inspiring future pharmaceutical scientists

Translational Research and Personalised Medicines is one of the future challenges of pharmacyThe ever-pressing need to make medicines even safer while ensuring that development is efficient and cost-effective means that the science of medicines will be as important in the future as it has been over the past 50 years. The BPS has developed a brochure, “Changing the world by translating science into practice — Will YOU be part of the future?”, as a resource to help promote a pharmaceutical sciences career path among undergraduates. It highlights the array of challenges that need to be conquered in the different pharmaceutical science fields in order to improve our health care. A PowerPoint presentation supporting this brochure and promoting the pharmaceutical science career path can be downloaded by FIP members here. If you’re an educator and would like to have some printed copies, email

Structure of the board

The BPS comprises:

  • Executive Committee 
  • FIP President (ex officio member), Mr Dominique Jordan
  • FIP Vice Presidents nominated by the BPS
  • Chairs of FIP’s special interest groups
  • Delegates of FIP’s predominantly scientific member organisations (PSMOs)
  • Expert members
  • Observers

The Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 2018

The Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 2018

BPS Executive Committee

  • Chair (2016-2020): Prof. Tatsuro Irimura
  • FIP Scientific Secretary (2015-2019): Prof. Giovanni Pauletti
  • Elected Member (2018–2022): Prof. Shinji Yamashita
  • Elected Member (2018–2022): Prof. Marilyn Morris
  • FIP Professional Secretary (2013-2017): Ms Ema Paulino
  • and as an ex officio member, FIP CEO: Dr Catherine Duggan

Vice President nominated by the BPS

  • FIP Vice President (2016- 2020) : Dr Linda Hakes

SIG chairs

  • Analytical sciences and pharmaceutical quality: Prof. Masaru Kato
  • Biotechnology: Dr Binodh DeSilva
  • Drug design and discovery: Prof. Takuya Kumamoto
  • Formulation design and pharmaceutical technology: Prof. Tetsuya Ozeki
  • Natural products: Dr Amanda Corbett
  • New generation of pharmaceutical scientists: Dr Rebecka Isaksson
  • Pharmacy practice research: Prof. Charlie Benrimoj
  • PK/PD and systems pharmacology: Prof. Stephan Schmidt
  • Regulatory sciences: Dr Horst-Dieter Friedel
  • Translational research and precision medicine: Prof. Michael Sorich

PSMOs are entitled to be represented by one or several delegates based on their number of members. Delegates are:

  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain (APSGB): Mr Mark McAllister
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology of Japan (APSTJ): Prof. Shinji Yamashita and Prof. Hirofumi Takeuchi
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS): Prof. Marilyn Morris, Mrs Stacey May and Prof. Christopher McCurdy
  • Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS): Prof. Denis DeBlois
  • International Society of Drug Delivery Sciences and Technology (APGI): Dr Elias Fattal
  • Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association (APSA): Dr Joseph Nicolazzo
  • European Federation of Pharmaceutical Scientists (EUFEPS): Prof. Erem Bilensoy
  • Indian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Technologists (IAPST): Prof. N. Udupa and Prof. Amal Kumar Bandyophadhyay
  • Iranian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (IranAPS): Prof. Omid Sabzevari
  • Pharmaceutical Society of China Taiwan (PST): Prof. Jih-Heng Li
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (PSJ): Prof. Takuya Kumamoto, Prof. Masaru Kato and Prof. Munetaka Kunishima
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Korea (PSK): Prof. Beom-Jin Lee
  • Spanish Society of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology (SEFIG): Prof. Francisco Otero Espinar
  • Turkish Pharmaceutical Technology Scientists' Association (TUFTAD): Ms Nevin Celebi

Expert members

In order for the board to implement and achieve the goals defined, expert members are appointed, serving for a specified period. Criteria for selection of expert members are that the individual has an international reputation and recognition in one or more fields of pharmaceutical sciences and that the person is thought to be an opinion leader in his/her field and represents a geographical region of the globe. The current expert members are:

  • Prof. Denis DeBlois (Canada)
  • Dr Sabine Kopp (Switzerland, WHO Designated Technical Officer/Observer)
  • Prof. Panos Macheras (Greece/USA)
  • Prof. Don Mager (USA)
  • Prof. Dhiren R. Thakker (USA)
  • Prof. Xiaoliang Wang (China)


  • European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM): Dr Susanne Keitel
  • International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation: Ms Petra Orlić
  • Norwegian Pharmaceutical Society: Mr Håvard Selby Ebbestad
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP): Dr Anthony Lakavage
  • Young Pharmacists Group: Mr John Ly

Official meetings of the BPS are held during the FIP annual congress and in spring in The Hague, Netherlands. Unofficial meetings are organised on demand, preferably in combination with a PSMO congress.


Official journal of the BPS

The official journal of FIP's Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Last update 2 August 2019

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