As the main organisational body of Swiss pharmaceutical professionals, pharmaSuisse is dedicated to providing an optimal supply of pharmaceuticals and services. pharmaSuisse is committed to providing optimum framework conditions, that its members are held in high esteem, sustainable economic conditions, a positive image in the population and a highly attractive profession. asep has two seats with voting right at the semiannual pharmaSuisse delegates’ assembly. We are present in different committees, e.g. ReWOP (Revision des Weiterbildungscurriculum in Offizinpharmazie), AGAF (Arbeitsgruppe Assistenzjahr und Famulatur). – pharmaSuisse
SAPhS, the Swiss Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Switzerland, represents and communicates the science in pharmacy education, research and practice and supports the scientific basis of the pharmaceutical profession. They organize the Swiss Pharma Science Day and pharmaLunches.
Become SAPhS member! Students benefit from the reduced membership fee of 25 CHF. – SAPhS
The main objective of swissYPG is to support young pharmacists in planning their professional careers. The network of swissYPG promotes the national and international connection between young professionals for an easier transition from university to working life. swissYPG organises events such as the “Forum Pharmazie” or pharmApero.
Become swissYPG member! The membership is free for pharmaSuisse members. – swissYPG
asep is proudly represented in the education board of the Swiss Medicine Students’ Association (swimsa). swimsa is the voice of over 9000 medical students throughout Switzerland at national and international level. swimsa aims to make medical students aware of the health of society and motivate them to become better doctors through commitment. – swimsa
The “Swiss Youth Health Alliance” (SYHA) is a joint project of Swiss students’ associations from the health field. Launched in 2020, SYHA aims at providing a nation-wide platform for exchange and support between its associated organisations. SYHA ensures collaborations between students’ associations representing different fields of study, such as medicine, pharmacology, nursing, nutrition, physiotherapy and psychology, yet with shared goals and challenges. This project consists of regular meetings organised alternately by one of its members and it guarantees the exchange of opinions, best practices and ideas for future projects. As an early exemplar of this project, the associated organizations of SYHA have formulated and signed a joint position paper on interprofessionalism in the field of health. Also, an independent students’ organization, the “Swiss Health Alliance for Interprofessional Education” (SHAPED) emerged from the earliest SYHA-meetings, which engages in the topic of interprofessional education and consists of individuals from many different health professions. As a psychology student, you can join this organization and thereby support the advancement of interprofessional education in Switzerland.
Disappointed by the lack of IPE opportunities as well as the strict separation of the curricula of the different healthcare studies, we came together as SHAPED in the fall semester of 2020. Starting with as few as three people, we are now more than 20 motivated students and young professionals from six professional backgrounds and ten institutions from all over Switzerland. SHAPED offers various events, such as the interprofessional case discussions (ICDs), an IP-Café for young professionals and a shadowing program.
European and International
European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA)
“bringing pharmacy knowledge and students together”
EPSA is an umbrella organisation of all European Pharmaceutical Students’ Associations, representing more than 160,000 students in 37 European countries. – EPSA
Every member organisation has a Liason Secretary (LS) to EPSA who represents the national organisation online throughout the year and in-person as Offical Delegate (OD) at the EPSA General Assemblies (GA), and inversely represents EPSA activities in the national organisation.
Main EPSA events
- The Annual Reception (AR) is held every late February/early March in the European Parliament in Brussels. It is a presentation of EPSA’s activities and achievements to external bodies followed by a panel discussion on a hot topic.
- The Annual Congress (AC) is organised in April as a week full of GA sessions, symposia, workshops and theme parties.
- The Summer University (SU) is a summer event based on soft-skills with a social programme.
- The Autumn Assembly (AA) is the counterpart to the AC and held in November.
TWINNET is a team mobility programme that aims to enhance the exchanges among EPSA members allowing the transfer of culture, knowledge and experiences.
Get in touch with EPSA
International Pharmacy Students’ Federation (IPSF)
“students today, pharmacists tomorrow”
The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 by eight pharmacy student associations in London, United Kingdom. The Federation now represents approximately 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 80 countries worldwide. IPSF is the leading international organisation representing the interests of pharmacy students. Its aim is to promote the improvement of public health through the provision of information, education and networking opportunities, as well as through a range of publications and professional initiatives. – IPSF
The Contact Person (CP) has a similar role to IPSF as the LS to EPSA.
Main IPSF events
- The Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is IPSF’s largest project, offering professional pharmacy internships. Every year, more than 900 students around the world are given the opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in more than 60 different countries. It is managed by the Students Exchange Officer (SEO). – SEP
- The World Congress (WC) is annually held for ten days in the beginning of August. Its core is the General Assembly.
- IPSF is organized like WHO in five regional offices. 2018 is the first year with a Regional Symposium (RS) of the European Regional Office (EuRO).
- After a Trainers Development Camp (TDC), you will be able to deliver quality training programmes for soft skills development of pharmacy students as an IPSF trainer.
- The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision making body of WHO. IPSF represents the voice of pharmacy students with a delegation. – WHA
Get in touch with IPSF