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Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787) — A Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice
Pharmacy 2013, 1(1), 3-7; doi:10.3390/pharmacy1010003
Project Report

A Description of the European Pharmacy Education and Training Quality Assurance Project

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1 Pharmacology Department, Lorraine University, Pharmacolor Consultants Nancy, 12 rue de Versigny, Villers 54600, France 2 European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Laarbeeklaan 103, Brussels 1090, Belgium 3 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada (UG), Campus Universitario de la Cartuja s/n, Granada 18701, Spain 4 School of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University Athens, (UoA), Panepistimiou 30, Athens 10679, Greece 5 Pharmacy Faculty, University of Tartu (UT), Nooruse 1, Tartu 50411, Estonia 6 Pharmacy Faculty, University of Helsinki (UH), Yliopistonkatu 4, P.O. Box 33-4, Helsinki 00014, Finland 7 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubjana (ULFFA), Askerceva cesta 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia 8 Pharmacy Faculty, Jagiellonian University (JUMC), UL. Golebia 24, Krakow 31-007, Poland 9 Pharmacy Faculty, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest (UMFCD-B), Dionisie Lupu 37, Bucharest 020021, Romania
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Received: 30 March 2013 / Revised: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 13 May 2013 / Published: 29 May 2013
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The European Union directive on sectoral professions emphasizes the fact that pharmacists working in member states should possess the competences required for their professional practice; the directive does not, however, describe such competences in detail. The “Quality Assurance in European Pharmacy Education and Training—PHAR-QA” consortium, funded by the European Union, will define such competences and establish a quality assurance system based on them. This will facilitate the tuning of the pharmacy education and training required to produce competent pharmacists in the different member states. PHAR-QA will (1) establish a network of participating pharmacy departments, (2) survey existing quality assurance systems used, and (3) develop competences through iterative interaction with partners. The European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy will use the harmonized competences produced as a basis for the creation of a quality assurance agency for European pharmacy education and training. PHAR-QA will impact on staff and students of European departments; the final stake-holder will be the European patient who will benefit from better pharmaceutical services and better medications.
Keywords: pharmacy; education; quality assurance; competences pharmacy; education; quality assurance; competences
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Atkinson, J.; Rombaut, B.; Pozo, A.S.; Rekkas, D.; Veski, P.; Hirvonen, J.; Bozic, B.; Skowron, A.; Mircioiu, C. A Description of the European Pharmacy Education and Training Quality Assurance Project. Pharmacy 2013, 1, 3-7.

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