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World Congress

International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)
World Congress

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) World Congress is an 8 to 12-day international event held annually for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences students and recent graduates worldwide. The programme includes, but is not limited to, an official opening ceremony, the IPSF General Assembly, educational and scientific symposia on topics of pharmaceutical interest, meetings and workshops, a pre-congress training programme and many social events. Only organisations who have been IPSF members for at least two years prior to bidding, have no current outstanding debts towards the Federation, and are of good standing can submit a bid to host the event.

The World Congress has been held annually since 1961. The first conference was in London, United Kingdom, in 1949 and the first congress happened in Mosney, Ireland, in 1957.

The first World Congress held outside of Europe was in the African Regional Office in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1974. The Pan American Regional Office then hosted their first congress in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1977. The Eastern Mediterranean Region followed in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1984. The Asia Pacific Regional Office then hosted their first congress in Singapore in 2003.

Every World Congress hosts these events and activities:

- Official Opening Ceremony
- General Assembly
- Workshops
- Symposia of scientific and educational nature
- Committee meetings

The main activity of the World Congress is the General Assembly, which holds the elections of the Executive Committee, the approval of reports, the changes to the official documents and the other various matters of the members or Executive Committee.