CASPPER (Collaboration of Australians and Sri Lankans for Pharmacy Practice, Education and Research) is an international partnership of clinicians, educators and researchers mainly from Australia, Sri Lanka, and UK. They aim to develop clinical pharmacy services through education and research, in order to enhance health outcomes in Sri Lanka. The group started in 2009. They have taught in the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, and the University of Peradeniya and supported research at the University of Kelaniya.
At the CMA conference in Colombo in 2016 the CPA and CASPPER provided joint seminars on AMR and the evidence for clinical pharmacy as well as running a CPD workshop for the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka. The two organisations also signed an MoU that recognised joint goals and committed to the continuation of working together to advance health for the public’s benefit by supporting the development of the profession in Sri Lanka through education, research, dissemination of best practice and advocacy.
Read CASPPER’s latest study published by WHO; a non-randomized controlled trial in Sri Lanka here.Visit the CASPPER website
CPA is an accredited organisation of the Commonwealth
Accreditation to the Commonwealth is carried out by their Accreditation Committee, which is formed of a subset of member governments. Accreditation provides formal recognition and demonstrates that the organisation is committed to the Values and Principles of the Commonwealth, as outlined in the Commonwealth Charter. It entails adherence to a set of rights and responsibilities in representing the Commonwealth name and brand.
CPA is an observer organisation of FIP.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, founded in 1912. Through their 139 national organizations, academic institutional members and individual members, they represent over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.
The CPA and FIP have each have their own very unique roles that often complement each other. The CPA’s focus is around the sharing of resources within the Commonwealth to support lower and middle-income countries improve the health and well being of their populations. The remit of FIP is much wider, often creating the evidence and setting standards that the CPA will then support members to interpret and implement as best practice.
The CPA was granted observer status with FIP in 2015 with the intention of strengthening links and relationships between the two organizations. Our observer status with FIP allows us access to information resources and networks that would not otherwise be available to us. We also benefit from a seat on the FIP council and closer access to opportunities for joint working around common goals.Visit the FIP website
CPA is a supporting organisation of HIFA
HIFA is a global health network of more than 16,000 members (health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers…) committed to the progressive realisation of a world where every person has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others. HIFA members have a vast and unique experience and knowledge which they can use to bring clarity to challenging questions around global health issues in general and healthcare information issues in particular.
The CPA recognises the joint goals shared with HIFA and is part of their working group ‘Prescribers and Users of Medicines’. This group’s vision is to see a world where every prescriber and user of medicines will have access to independent, reliable, understandable information on the full range of commonly prescribed medicines – and will know where to find it.Visit the HIFA website