Coronavirus / COVID-19: CONGRESS POSTPONED

Monday 25 May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are all aware of the significant global challenges presented by COVID-19. FIP has a duty of care to its members, volunteers and congress participants, and is in regular contact with the World Health Organization, globally and regionally. Our policy is to follow its advice, together with guidance from national states and governmental offices. We are also in regular contact with member organisations with whom we are collaborating on planned events.  

Given the current situation with the COVID-19, FIP and its co-host, the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain, have taken the decision to reschedule FIP’s 80th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Spain’s 22nd National Pharmaceutical Congress. Postponing our annual congresses has been a difficult decision for our associations but has been led by responsibility, trust and solidarity: your safety and the well-being of your communities are our priority.

The new dates for the 80th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the 22nd National Pharmaceutical Congress will be 12 – 16 September 2021, and 14-16 September 2021, respectively. 
We will continue to work with all our partners to ensure a successful and vibrant congress.

We are currently working out all the logistics, but we would like to give you a summary of the most important steps to be taken from here.

Registrations
Registrations already paid for will be transferred to the 2021 congress. We understand that positions and delegations could change, so we will not be charging name change fees for those already registered and paid should the originally registered participants be unable to attend in 2021. 
For those registrants who wish to cancel their registration, a full refund will be made, minus an administrative fee of 10%, in order to help FIP, which is a non-profit organisation, to survive the huge financial setback of rescheduling this congress. 
If you wish to cancel your registration, please send an email to our registration office at fip@mci-group.com.
Online registration for FIP Seville 2021 will remain open. 
Our website https://seville2021.fip.org will be updated in the coming days.

Hotel reservations
Participants who have already made their hotel reservations through our housing agent BCO Congresos will be contacted directly by them about the possibility to transfer reservations to 2021.

Abstracts
The abstract review process will be finalised as scheduled, and we are exploring different options for online publication and/or virtual poster presentations to ensure that your work is shared in a timely fashion.
All authors will be informed accordingly, as soon as possible.
If you wish to withdraw your abstract, please send an email to our abstract handling office at fip@mci-group.com.

Programme / Invited chairs and speakers
The programme for the FIP 2020 congress in Seville will, in principle, remain in place for the 2021 congress. The sessions programme including invited chairs and speakers will largely stay the same, but the FIP Congress Programme Committee will continue to revise and develop the programme in the coming period to maintain its relevance. Everyone involved in the congress sessions will be kept informed of developments. Invited chairs and speakers’ registrations will be transferred to the 2021 congress.

FIP Council Meeting
Please note that the FIP Council Meeting and other satellite events will take place virtually. We will inform participants about this in due course. 

We thank you for your understanding and solidarity during these uncertain times.

With best wishes,

Mr Dominique Jordan
President, FIP

Dr Catherine Duggan  
Chief Executive Officer, FIP 

Mr Jesús Aguilar 
President, General Pharmaceutical Council 

The technological revolution –
Impact on pharmacy and health care

Venue: FIBES Sevilla

The 2020 FIP congress will show us that the technological revolution is posing new challenges in all areas. Comprehensive and seamless patient care can be a reality if the possibilities offered by new technologies are exploited to improve quality, efficiency, accessibility and communication in a patient’s health care journey.

Topic A

Enabling change — Is your country ready?

We will focus on change in both developed and developing countries, education, workforce, advocacy, regulation and the cost of change.

Topic B

Passion for pharmacy innovation

We will look at scientific and technological innovations occurring around the world and how to adapt to and exploit these advances in pharmacy.

Topic C

From children’s health to healthy ageing — Impact of technologies on quality of life.

The foundations for lifelong good health are best laid in childhood. We will explore how to do that together with the many possibilities for healthy ageing.

Topic D

Targeting special interests

We will offer sessions catering for special interests in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.