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Validation of community pharmacy

An updated version of Valida-tion Instruments for Community Pharmacy has been published.

The book is authored by Claire Scicluna, Lilian Azzopardi and An­thony Serracino-Inglott from the University’s Pharmacy Department.

It is based on research carried out in this area over the past 16 years, which has achieved interntional recognition and has been used as a benchmark for quality care standards in different countries.

This is a follow-up book to the one Azzopardi published in 2000. The initial research study worked on a framework of a validation concept for community pharmacy by developing a mathematical process drawing from quality systems that are adopted in the pharmaceutical industry.

Awards recognising this research were presented by the International Pharmaceutical Federation Foundation for Education and Research and the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy and German Foundation for Education and Research.

The research group subsequently continued developing the Validation of Community Pharmacy Method.

The project was internationalised by working with colleagues from different countries in the development of similar systems for different scenarios. On an international level, research work was carried out in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation – Quality Care Systems Working Group.

The work that is being presented in this latest publication draws on a study carried out by Claire Scicluna, who at the time was an undergraduate pharmacy student, under Azzo­pardi’s supervision.

This research looked at developments in community pharmacy practice and drew on the earlier research work to propose an updated Validation of Community Pharmacy Method.

Scicluna guided the development of the new proposed framework.

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