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Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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International Partners

CPhA carries the voice of Canadian pharmacists far beyond our own borders. We are active in the international community through these groups.

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

CPhA often collaborates with APhA. Annual joint meetings are held involving elected officers and selected senior staff; the meeting venue alternates between the respective offices. CPhA and APhA exchange complimentary registrations for their respective AGMs and offer joint memberships.

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA)

CPA is a non-government organization representing professional pharmaceutical societies from over 40 Commonwealth countries. CPA is made up of six geographical regions across the Commonwealth: Eastern & Southern Africa, West Africa, Americas, Pacific, Central Asia and Europe. CPhA is a member organization of CPA and sends a representative to attend the annual CPA Americas Region conference. The full CPA Council meets every two years.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).Through its 126 Member Organisations FIP represents and serves more than two million practitioners and scientists around the world. CPhA is a member organization with a seat on the governing Council. Based on our membership numbers, this seat carries seven votes. CPhA's President is our official delegate to the Council and attends the annual FIP Congress every September.


English-speaking national pharmacy associations from seven countries come together annually through Pharmintercom to discuss issues of current and best practices in community pharmacy practice and profession-wide development. Along with CPhA, the members are:

Most of the Pharmintercom members play a major role in government negotiations on behalf of community pharmacy. The annual meetings are attended by the CEOs and elected Presidents of each association and take place either before or after the FIP Congress. The location of the meetings rotates among member countries and the President of the host country acts as the chair of the meeting. CPhA has hosted Pharmintercom four times—in 1993 in Vancouver, in 1997 in Victoria, in 2004 in Montréal and in 2011 in Whistler.

In 2004, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia introduced Pharmintercom to the Pharmaceutical International Network (PIN), which facilitates increased communication and collaboration between policy makers and researchers of community pharmacy practice. The PIN website encourages rapid knowledge exchange, increased understanding and new forms of partnership across countries and between network members.

Read the 2012 Pharmintercom Meeting Report