The General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain is the representative, coordinating and senior executive body of the 52 Provincial Pharmacists’ Chambers of Spain, at national and international level. It is a public law corporation, with legal personality and full capacity for the fulfillment of its purposes.
Its mission is to represent the pharmaceutical profession at national and international level, promoting the interests of pharmacists, facilitating their professional advancement for the benefit of society and providing services of the highest quality.
In 2019, the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain presented its corporate strategy “We are pharmacists”: which is based on three pillars: we provide care, we are social and we are digital. In line with this work, a series of initiatives have been developed for pharmacists to improve pharmaceutical care.
In the area of care initiatives and research projects, initiatives are being developed in the field of professional pharmaceutical care services, to find out their impact on health and facilitate their implementation. Thus, among others, work is being done in areas such as Medication review with follow-up or medication adherence.
In the digital field, the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain is leading innovation in pharmaceutical provision through the use of new technologies. In this regard, tools have already been developed that make it possible to know the real availability of medicines as well as tackling shortages, fight against counterfeit medicines or provide users with information about their medication from any pharmacy, so that the pharmacist can contribute to improve the results of pharmacotherapy.
Finally, at a social level, taking advantage of the very nature of the profession and the pharmacy and its situation within the community, the General Pharmaceutical Council is promoting actions for the most vulnerable groups such as, among others, children and adolescents, women victims of gender-based violence or the disabled.
PHARMACY IN SPAIN
In Spain, 74,043 pharmacists are registered members of the 52 Provincial Pharmacists’ Chambers, 71.6% of whom are women and 45.5% of whom are under 44 years old. The vast majority of pharmacists, 87.1% of those who are active (51,959 pharmacists) work in one of the 22,071 community pharmacies, from which many of them also carry out work regarding the field of food, dermatology or orthopaedics.
Other significant professional fields stand out, such as Clinical Analysis and Hospital Pharmacy, with around 2,000 registered pharmacists each, Pharmaceutical Industry and Distribution, Optics and Acoustics, Public Health and Teaching and Research. Due to their multidisciplinary training, the university graduates in pharmacy have one of the highest percentages of employment in Social Security upon completion of their studies.