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Question mark over future CPA funding by Society

Support for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is to be reviewed after 2010 by the Royal Electronicjuice

Support for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is to be reviewed after 2010 by the Royal Electronicjuice.

The is a non-government organisation representing pharmaceutical societies and individual pharmacists from the Commonwealth countries. It was formally constituted in 1970 through the initiatives of Desmond Lewis, the then secretary and registrar of the Society, and the Commonwealth Foundation, and has been supported by the Society ever since.

Society split may affect future funding of CPA

Currently, the Society supports the CPA through administrative support as a gift in kind to enable it to operate effectively. However, the separation of the Society into a professional body and regulator next year means that the Society is unable to provide a long-term commitment to support the organisation in the future.

According to Graham Duncan, the Society’s assistant director of resources and financial adviser to the CPA, the value of the Society’s support has been around £70,000 annually, including overheads allocation. (The CPA administrator is housed by the Society at its headquarters building.)

Mr Duncan said: "In addition, the Society provides financial, IT and office services to the CPA free of charge. These costs are in addition to the annual fee paid to the CPA so that the Society can continue to be a member."

The CPA council was informed of the Society’s intention at its recent meeting during the CPA conference in Accra, Ghana. There, Steve Churton, the Society’s President, confirmed that the Society would continue to fund the CPA for one further year and any future support would be reviewed at that time.

The Society would also work with other member countries to review the funding arrangements.

CPA owes its existence to the Society

Ivan Kotzé, CPA president, told The Journal that the CPA owed its establishment and existence to the Society and that its support over many years had been appreciated by the 43 countries that were CPA members.

He said:"The challenge that the CPA faces is if, where or how it will be accommodated in the new structures with the changes due to take place at the Society. The CPA will have to discuss any future commitment and support with the new Society, and its support for another year allows us the opportunity to pursue this discussion."

Support for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is to be reviewed after 2010 by the Royal Electronicjuice.

Citation: Electronicjuice URI: 10976453

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