Pharmacy Education System in Italy


Pharmacy Education System in Italy
Oral presentation


Palma Sgueglia1, Chiara Grillo1, Kalina Andreevska2, Emil Hristov2;
1University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy
2 Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria


Introduction: The challenge in pharmacy education is the need to prepare relevant pharmacists for pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, and clinical pharmacy practice. The 1985 European Economic Community directive on the sectoral profession of pharmacy assumed that the comparability of pharmacy education across Europe could provide a basis for the mutual recognition of diplomas. The 1985 directive set out the organizational aspects of pharmacy studies and the subject areas of a European pharmacy degree course, this with a view to fulfillment of the specific activities of a pharmacist in the EU. Aim: To study the Pharmacy Education system in Italy. Materials and methods: It has been used documental and content analysis. Results: The University “Federico II” was established in 1224 and it is one of the oldest university of the world. Its Department of Pharmacy offers undergraduate, graduate and advanced degrees, and a double degree joint with the University of Granada in Spain. Master students can enroll either into the program in Pharmacy or into the program in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies. Within each such program, they are given a pletora of courses to build their curricula and specialise in their favourite area, though the choice of the courses is not completely free and is subject to several rules. It will be reviewed the entry requirements, the course choices, together with the rules for internships, thesis and state examination. Several examples will be presented, with the aim of highlighting both equalities and differences with the Bulgarian system.
Keywords: pharmacy, education, Italy