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Professional ethics

FIP adopts model oath for pharmacists

Luc Besançon, general secretary of FIP, during a press conference at the FIP conference 2014

Source: FIP

Luc Besançon, general secretary of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), spoke about an oath model for pharmacists at the annual congress in Bangkok

A model “oath/promise of a pharmacist” has been adopted by the International Pharmaceutical Federation at its annual congress, held in Bangkok from 31 August to 4 September 2014.

Luc Besançon, general secretary of FIP, explained at a press briefing that the oath (see panel) could be used as a template in individual countries or regions. It is up to the country or region to implement the pharmacist oath as it sees fit, Mr Besançon said, for example, on a voluntary or mandatory basis.

The FIP encourages countries that do not have an oath for pharmacists to create one.

Panel: FIP’s model “oath/promise of a pharmacist”

As a pharmacist, I vow to serve humanity and to support my profession’s ideals and commitments.
I shall be guided in all dimensions of my life by the highest standards of human conduct.
I shall apply the full measure of my knowledge and abilities to supporting the health and wellbeing of all those I serve.
I shall always place the needs of all those I serve above my personal interests and considerations.
I shall treat all those I serve equally, fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or political beliefs.
I shall protect the confidentiality of personal and health information entrusted to me
I shall maintain my professional knowledge and competence throughout my career.
I shall support the advancement of knowledge and standards of practice in pharmacy.
I shall nurture the preparation of future members of my profession.
I shall use all opportunities to develop collaborative practice with all healthcare professionals in my environment.
In taking this solemn oath/making this promise, I honour those who have supported my development as a pharmacist and commit myself never to act in a manner that is contrary to those vows.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20066399

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