The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists is an association of national organisations representing hospital pharmacists at European and international levels.
How has the EAHP developed?
At a scientific congress in Strasbourg a number of hospital pharmacists from different European countries decided that they should establish a new European association to represent their common interests. Thus in 1969, the seeds of EAHP were sown. On 6 March 1972, the representatives of six European countries signed the first Statutes of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, in The Hague, The Netherlands. The first President of EAHP was Marcel Lebas from France.
The first member countries were Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, the Federal Republic of Germany and The Netherlands. In 1973, Ireland and Spain joined EAHP, soon followed by Norway, Greece, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland. In the 1990s, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Luxembourg, Finland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic became members. More recently, Bulgaria and Bosnia Herzegovina became members of EAHP. Membership within EAHP is open to countries members of the Council of Europe.
On the 1st of August 2011, the EAHP officially became an International Not-for-Profit Organization, and adjusted its policy to better face modern challenges.
What are the goals of the EAHP?
- To develop hospital pharmacy in order to promote the best and safest use of medicines and medical devices for the benefit of patients in Europe
- To create a platform for the education and training of hospital pharmacists to a level of specialisation and maintain continuing professional development (CPD)
- To uphold the interests and advance the position of European hospital pharmacists within the healthcare systems, the EU and national authorities
Structure of the EAHP?
The Board of Directors is the Executive Body of the Association and is elected for a three-year term of office, with the possibility to be re-elected. The responsibility for the core activities of the association are shared between the different directors. The Board normally meets four times a year in addition to meetings during the Congress and the General Assembly.
The Board carries out the policies agreed at the General Assembly designs the strategic goals of the association and coordinates there implementations, with the support of the EAHP staff. In addition, the Board is closely involved in the control of the official journal of the Association, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (EJHP). The Board is also closely involved in the organisation of the annual EAHP Congress of Hospital Pharmacy, with one director chairing the congress organising committee and another chairing the scientific committee.
Every year, at the General Assembly, the Director of Finances discloses all the expenses and revenues and explains them in details. Members would have had the opportunity to study them before the General Assembly meeting as they receive the files at least 6 weeks prior the General Assembly meeting.
EAHP is funded by:
- membership dues
- revenues generated by the yearly congress
- advertising revenue related to the annual congress
- educational grants.
All accounts are audited both by EAHP auditors, appointed by the General Assembly and external auditors.
Click HERE to view the EAHP Statutes.