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Hospital pharmacy specialisation
  1. András Süle1,
  2. Petr Horák2,
  3. Despina Makridaki3,
  4. Stephanie Kohl4
  1. 1 Department of Pharmacy, Péterfy Hospital – National Institute of Traumatology, Budapest, Hungary
  2. 2 Hospital Pharmacy, Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic
  3. 3 Pharmacy, ‘Sismanoglio- Amalia Fleming’, General Hospital of Attica, Athens, Greece
  4. 4 Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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EAHP position paper on hospital pharmacy specialisation

Making a difference in medication by advancing the hospital pharmacy profession

Hospital pharmacists are the key stakeholders responsible for medication management and safety in the hospital environment, covering both inpatient and outpatient services and supporting the seamless transition of care for patients moving within the healthcare system. To provide the best treatment for all patients, hospital pharmacists must be able to operate in a complex hospital setting and work collaboratively within multidisciplinary healthcare teams. The undergraduate education, that every pharmacist has to undergo, provides an excellent background for further specialisation to work in one of the many possible roles within the profession. Specialisation is required to be up-to-date on specific treatment regimens. In the case of hospital pharmacists, this means being trained to work with patients in situations that are subject to complex medication regimens.

To prepare the hospital pharmacy profession for the future, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) adopted the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy1 in 2014. They express commonly agreed objectives that every European health system should aim for in the delivery of hospital pharmacy services. To further enhance the quality, safety and equity of access to patient care in every European country, EAHP additionally created the Common Training Framework (CTF) project for hospital pharmacy education in Europe. This project not only fosters the further development of hospital pharmacy practice, but also seeks to guarantee the access of European citizens to the highest available standard of care and the freedom of movement of the hospital pharmacy profession which …

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  • Collaborators Delegates of the 51st EAHP General Assembly.

  • Contributors The position paper was approved and adopted by the delegates of the 51st EAHP General Assembly in June 2021.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.