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The Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE) was established in 1994  and it became an official association (under Dutch law) in 2004.
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New Newsletter 2021-02

The second newsletter of 2021 can be found here. It features chairperson's editorial, info on the next Working Symposium planned in-person in Lisbon, Portugal in February 2022, under the title ‘Navigating research on pharmaceutical care’.



VOLUME 16 I NUMBER 2                                            NOVEMBER 2021
Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe

Chairperson's editorial

Dear friends, Dear colleagues,

Whilst the world is still struggling to find a new normal after almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCNE Board has been busy discussing how to ensure the continuation of our organisation's mission, in particular on how it relates to our annual events.

A very successful Working Conference was held as a full virtual event earlier this year, but the Board still feels that the in-person experience provides us with an opportunity to network and establish connections which are still challenging to mimic remotely.

Therefore, we aim to organize the 8th PCNE Working Symposium 2022 in-person in Lisbon, Portugal in February 2022, under the title ‘Navigating research on pharmaceutical care’.

However, taking into account that some of our colleagues may have difficulties attending, we will be transmitting the lectures, the oral communications session, the closing session and the PCNE General Assembly remotely, with a special registration fee. The Pre-Symposium event, the Workshops and the Soapbox are planned to be held in-person only.

We are, however, prepared to switch to a fully online event, if the pandemic evolution so demands.

Registrations are now OPEN, and you can find all information on the Working Symposium online!

As in the previous event, we will be flexible and allow reimbursement for all those who register to participate in-person, if we then have to switch to a fully online event. A final decision on the format of the event will be taken in early January 2022.

We are already looking forward to meeting you all!

In the mean time, please keep safe, 

Ema Paulino, PCNE Chairperson


Navigating research on Pharmaceutical Care
8th PCNE Working Symposium 2022
Lisbon & Online, 10-12 February 2022

The title of next year's Working Symposium is ‘Navigating research on Pharmaceutical Care’. Evocating the Portuguese discoveries from the 15th and 16th centuries, when numerous territories and maritime routes were recorded as a result of the intensive maritime exploration, we will be exploring the vast potential for new pharmaceutical services to yield greater results.

With 2 keynote lectures and 4 different workshops to choose from, participants will be able to catch up on PCNE work streams and assess new avenues for our research network.

Given the unpredictability of these times, we are prepared to deliver the lectures, oral communications session, closing session and PCNE General Assembly in a hybrid format, while the Pre-Symposium event, the Workshops and the Soapbox are planned to be held in-person only. We therefore expect you will be able to join us in Lisbon for a more immersive experience!

The Pre-Symposium

We will be organizing a Pre-Symposium with 1 workshop and 2 expert courses as a pre-event to the Symposium. The Pre-Symposium will focus on matters relevant to researchers and PhD students in different levels of needs and expectations.

The Symposium

The Working Symposium spreads over 2 days, and includes 1 plenary lecture about the topic of the conference, as well as short oral communications and a poster session. 

This year, we will launch the Foppe van Mil Memorial Lecture, which is dedicated to the memory of our colleague and friend, whose lifelong dedication on fostering pharmaceutical care research was such an inspiration for many of us.

During the Symposium, participants will be able to learn and discuss about new avenues for pharmaceutical care research, but also spend quality time together. Coffee-breaks and meals are great opportunities to network, review or get to know new friends.

The Workshops

Renowned researchers offer 3-hour workshops, held in duplicate over the two days of the Symposium. This gives participants the possibilty to choose two workshop topics according to your preference.

You can visit the 'Workshops' tab on our Symposium website for more information. We advise you to register as soon as possible to ensure your preferences are still available!



As in previous years, members of PCNE can present their current or future work at the PCNE Soapbox, which will take place on Friday the 11th of February from 1.00 - 2.00 pm CET.

This can be helpful to get input and insights on your current studies, to find partners or to discuss findings.

Please inform the secretariat as soon as possible if you would like to present or discuss a project during the soapbox (
The Soapbox session will only be accessible for PCNE and observer members.


The PCNE General Assembly

On the 11th February, Friday at 4.45 pm GMT, we will be organizing the 2022 PCNE General Assembly, which as is the case for the lectures and closing session, will be hybrid, that is, in-person for those participating in-person, and transmitted remotely.

This year, in addition to the discussions pertaining to current initiatives and activities of the PCNE Board and Working Groups, we will be conducting the elections for the next two members integrating the Board (see process and call for applications below).

Other items in the agenda will be announced in the next newsletter.

You are of course all invited to join the full PCNE Working Symposium between 10-12 February 2022. But if you would like to attend the General Assembly only, we will be extending an invitation to join the GA remotely, for all members.

We very much look forward to your participation in this General Assembly, which is essential to ensure the future of PCNE.

We look forward to seeing you there!



The abstract submission for the 2022 PCNE Symposium is now open. Please note that the closing date is 5th December 2021, 24.00h sharp.

Abstracts must preferably be on one of the symposium themes: Research in Pharmaceutical Care, Drug-related Problems, Medication Review, Adherence, or Indicators and Guidelines, but other Pharmaceutical Care related topics will also be considered.

The abstracts with the highest quality as per the evaluation of the Scientific Committee will be selected to be presented at the Oral Communications sessions with an award for the best oral communication. The other abstracts will be organized in groups and presented as posters. The best posters per group are part of a ‘poster walk’, and compete for the poster award.

Go to to submit your abstracts.



The election of new board members follows a transparent procedure as stated in our bylaws and operationalized in our regulations which were recently updated. The aim is to involve all PCNE members in the election process. This means that all PCNE members can apply and all PCNE members can vote – regardless whether or not they can be present at the GA.

Before 26th November 2021, candidates for a position on the PCNE Board must express their interest by sending a form to the PCNE Chairperson: The form can be downloaded from the members-only part of the PCNE website, under ‘Upcoming GA’ or demanded from the PCNE secretariat.

Although candidates can express the wish to work together with another candidate in their application letter, they apply as individuals.

Only those candidates, who expressed their interest until the deadline will be eligible for the election during the General Assembly in February 2022.

Before the 11th of December 2021 the Board secretary will present all candidates per mail to PCNE members and share their letters of interest. Letters of interest will also be available in the ‘members only’ section of the PCNE website. 

Members will receive a call for voting by the 11th January 2022. PCNE can follow who voted and who did not, but cannot see to whom the vote went.

The new Board members will be announced by the 28th January 2022 and will be installed at the PCNE GA.

Contact the PCNE chairperson or PCNE secretariat with any question you may have.

Other NEWS

The European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) delivers the first Foppe van Mil awards 

From the 19th to 21st October, the 49th European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) Symposium was held virtually, dedicated to collaborative working in mental health care, successfully gathering around 200 practitioners and researchers from Europe and beyond.

During these three days three pharmacotherapy updates on dementia, depression, anxiety and psychosis were held.

There were provocative evidence updates making participants aware of the benefits of supplementary areas to pharmacotherapy and on the use of innovative tools to support evidence-based practice. The thrive to ensure person-centeredness was clear in different lectures, for mental health disorders in general and for dementia in particular. This includes not only the concepts of autonomy, respect and empathy, but also the ability to individualize treatments according to needs and desires and the emergence of genotyping. The presentations and discussions held during the symposium highlighted areas that require further investment, including multiprofessional and multidisciplinary collaboration to better address patient needs. There were also niche areas covered, where we have been alerted that interventions need to be tailored to settings and target population subgroups, including the most vulnerable and the youth.

During the closing ceremony, the first Foppe van Mil awards were given for the best Poster, Oral presentation and Poster discussion, in memory of a unique practitioner and researcher in pharmaceutical care. These were given respectively to Astrid Heeremans (Belgium), Nora Haltinner (Switzerland) and Aiofe Carolan (Ireland).

*We thank Filipa Costa, Portugal, for this summary report of the event 

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