The key process that will clinch your involvement in all IPSF events and activities is becoming an IPSF Member. The process is amazingly quick, easy, and will lead you down the path to being a motivated, enthusiastic, contributing member of your profession!
As a current pharmacy student or recent graduate (within the past four years), there are several steps to take to become a member of IPSF, whether you are affiliating your association or becoming an Individual Member yourself.
Those steps will help you learn more about IPSF, as well as help you to get acquainted with the required information to be a strong and solid future member whose participation will ensure effective and sustainable progression of IPSF objectives, goals and projects.
The kit contains:
- IPSF Publications: News Bulletin, Annual Report and Phuture
- IPSF promotional posters
- Non Members Hand Book
- IPSF Newsletter- last 3 issues
You can feel free to use these materials with your student organisation, to educate them about the IPSF's role and projects. You can also use these in any activities for your association such as national congress, lectures or campaigns.
So now what do you think? If you think that it’s really important for you or your association to be part of an international organization that aims to improve pharmacy education and the profession all over the world, you are more than welcome to join IPSF's growing family.
For information on how you can become an IPSF member, please download the Non-Member's Handbook.
IPSF offers four kinds of membership, each given its own unique consideration:
- Full Membership (FM)
- Member in Association (MiA)
- Individual Membership (IM)
- Friends of the Federation (FoF)
The IPSF Executive Committee can grant IM and FoF Memberships at any time throughout the year after the application has been considered.
Whereas FM and MiA is granted by the General Assembly (GA), at the annual Congress.
So what are your duties towards IPSF and what are the privileges that you will gain from joining IPSF?
- Participation in the Student Exchange Program (SEP).
- Participation in the Development Fund (DF).
- Receive IPSF publications such as the News Bulletin, Annual Report and Phuture.
- Receive materials for organizing IPSF campaigns and projects.
- Participation in international research projects. i.e. Moving On research projects.
- Receive calls for applications for internships at IPSF headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands.
- Receive calls for applications for internships in World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and other IPSF partner organisations.
- Receive an invitation to the IPSF World Congress of pharmacy students. Receive an invitation to participate in many national and international events among other fellow pharmacy and health science students.
- Full Members have the right to vote during the General Assembly as well as the right to propose a motion. A motion in IPSF language is an intervention during or before the General Assembly with the aim of introducing, amending or canceling articles in the IPSF Official Documents or discussion of other activites.
- Appoint a CP (Contact Person), this person will be your association's ambassador to IPSF they are the link between IPSF and your association.
- Work within the IPSF framework. This means endorsing IPSF projects and methodology in implementation of national projects.
- Provide information about your organization to IPSF through continuous participation in the discussions in the Contact Persons group and through submitting your association's annual report for the congress folder.
- Pay the annual IPSF fee, since IPSF is a nonprofit organization with a budget depending mainly on the membership fees paid annually by its members.
Do note that some developing countries that face financial obstacles hindering them from paying the annual fee can apply for the Development Fund grant to pay their membership fee but only after becoming a member and paying the first fee. Failing to pay the annual membership fee to IPSF for two continuous years results in the association being in arrears in the first year losing some membership privileges and complete loss of membership after the second year.
Steps for becoming a Full Member (FM) or Member in Association (MiA) of IPSF:
- Find out if your country is recognized as an independent nation by the United Nations Organization (for FM only). You can check the United Nations website.
- Complete the application form and have it signed by the president and two other executives of the organisation.
- Attach to your application a copy of your associations’ constitution / statutes or bylaws.
Note: IPSF recognizes Arabic, English French and Spanish as its official languages. Submitting your constitution to IPSF for a membership application should be done in any of the aforementioned languages.
Associations applying for Full Membership (FM) should be the main representative of the biggest number of pharmacy students in their respective countries, and they should have relations with country’s national pharmacy board (i.e. Pharmacy syndicate, pharmaceutical association or pharmaceutical society). This is to ensure continuity of the association and the national support for IPSF projects implemented in their country.
They also need to provide an official (i.e. signed and stamped) letter of recommendation from their respective national pharmacy board on the board’s letter head.
- Submit the application two months before the next General Assembly (GA).
Note: Submitting your application form on time and abiding to the deadline ensures that your associations’ application will be accepted for admission in the upcoming General Assembly and not postponed to next year.
- Prepare a five minute presentation about your organization and its activities. Be sure to make it interesting and focus on both what your organization will gain and give to IPSF! Include photos and videos if possible!
Note: Presentations have to be done in English language – the working language of IPSF.
- Attend the GA and make your presentation.
Note: IPSF understands that not all students from all countries can fund themselves to attend the General Assembly during the IPSF World Congress due to the expenses of registration fees and flight tickets; in accordance IPSF provides financial support for students who prove their financial need and inability to attend the congress through the Development Fund Grant.
IPSF allows countries / associations applying for membership in IPSF to nominate a representative who confirmed to attend the congress – IPSF Chairperson of Internal Relations can do the presentation on behalf of associations not attending the congress due to financial or visa problems.
- Wait for approval (10-15 minutes). Voting takes place during the GA through secret ballots and then the result is announced. Upon acceptance of the membership the Official Delegate of the association granted membership - if present - should join the General Assembly and have a voting card in case of Full Membership.
How to become an Individual Member (IM) or Friend of the Federation (FoF)?
- Complete the application form and send it to the IPSF Secretariat.
- Wait for evaluation (1-2 days).
- Payment of fees.
Only students who are not part of an IPSF member organisation and graduated within the past four years with their first degree in pharmacy are eligible to become an IM, however any individual who wishes to support and advance the aims of the Federation both morally and financially may become an IPSF Friend of the Federation.