Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe

The Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE) was established in 1994  and it became an official association (under Dutch law) in 2004.
Pharmaceutical Care is the pharmacist's contribution to the care of individuals, in order to optimize medicines use and improve health outcomes.

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PCNE Newsletter Sep 2022

In this newsletter you can find a short report from the 8th Working Symposium 2022, get an update of how the board is set up, meet two new members of the Board, Ivana Tadić and Marina Odalović, and get an overview of new members and honorary members awarded in Lisbon. We also present a document developed by the PCNE board outlining the process for the translation of PCNE documents. Lastly, you can read about some of the subjects the board is working on and notably, read more about the upcoming working conference in February 2023 in Denmark.




VOLUME 17 I NUMBER 1                                            SEPTEMBER 2022

Chairperson's editorial

PCNE 2022 in Sesimbra brought the family together again
Finally, after two years of lockdown and an online-only PCNE Working Conference in Basel in 2021, we got to see each other again – what a joy. I certainly felt the happiness of meeting up with old friends again.  
In this newsletter you can find a short report from the 8th Working Symposium 2022, get an update of how the board is set up, meet two new members of the Board, Ivana Tadić and Marina Odalović, and get an overview of new members and honorary members awarded in Lisbon. We also present a document developed by the PCNE board outlining the process for the translation of PCNE documents. Lastly, you can read about some of the subjects the board is working on and notably, read more about the upcoming working conference in February 2023 in Denmark.

Bjarke Abrahamsen Chair of the PCNE board

Short Report from Sesimbra 2022 – Navigating research on pharmaceutical care.
8th PCNE Working Symposium 2022
Lisbon & Online, 10-12 February 2022
The conference exceeded our expectations with 80 colleagues participating in person and an additional 33 attending the online sessions. A huge thank to Ema Paulino for showing us the best of the beautiful and picturesque Sesimbra and to all members who took part in organising the conference.

A pre-conference day offered one workshop on “Definition of pharmacy-led services” and two expert courses entitled “An introduction to pharmacy communication research” and “How to write a successful grant”. Big thanks to Isabelle Arnet, Selina Barbati, Pascal Baumgartner, Susanne Kaae, Ellen Koster, Jacqueline Hugtenburg and Mara Guerreiro for successfully executing exciting and engaging learning.

For the first time, the Foppe van Mill Memorial Lecture was held. Professor Filipa Costa and Dr. João Pedro Aguiar took us on a journey of the life of Foppe as a researcher, friend and mentor, including many memorable messages from friends, collaborators and pioneers within the world of pharmaceutical care.  
Professor Jacqueline Hugtenburg gave a keynote lecture on developing and implementing interventions: from idea to daily practice.
Presentations from the Foppe van Mil Memorial lecture and the keynote lecture are available here:  
For the reports from the four workshops:
- How to validate a questionnaire
- The future of Pharmaceutical Care and pharmacy related outcome research in Europe
- PCNE DRP-classification: A case of classification or validation cases?
- Grow in guideline implementation: From maturity matrix to indicators
Please go to the PCNE website to read the reports
57 abstracts were entered and approved for presentation, eight were presented as oral presentation with the remaining presented as posters.

Winner of the poster prize: Robert Moecker, Germany
Winner of the oral presentation prize: Markus Messerli and Dominik Stämpfli, Switzerland


General Assembly 2022

Please see the report from the GA 2022 in the members’ section:
Honorary members
Highlight from the GA was the presentation of two Honorary members, Charlotte Verner Rossing and Manfred Krüger (photos in folder). Charlotte was member of the board from 2012 to 2018 and chair of the PCNE board from 2014-2016. Manfred has been and still is our very valued PCNE revisor, a position he has held since 2014. Congratulations and sincere thanks to both for their contributions to the network over so many years.

Best thanks to Martina and Jacqueline
This year’s GA was also the end to six years’ contribution and hard work from each of former secretary Jacqueline Hugtenburg and former chair Martina Teichert. They successfully arranged the 2019 Working Conference and 2020 Working Symposium - both held in Egmond Aam Zee in the Netherlands -  and contributed to the running and continous development of PCNE. Thank you!!

The new PCNE board
The current two-year rotation of the board was an opportunity to say thank you to Secretary Isabelle Arnet and Chair Ema Paulino who have been leading the PCNE the last two challenging years of the Covid-19 pandemic and the end of the era of Foppe van Mill as PCNE professional secretary. Ema and Isabelle will stay on the board for two more years to support with their experience. Bjarke Abrahamsen and Susanne Kaae, both from Denmark, took over as chair and secretary respectively. And new elected board members are Ivana Tadić and Marina Odalović from Serbia (both are presented below). Kurt is taking another term as professional secretary and on behalf of PCNE I thank him for all his hard work.
New members
This year the GA also saw an increase in new applicants to become members of PCNE. Thus, we extend a warm welcome to the following:
Institutional member

  • Pharmacy Center for Primary Care & Public Health, Unisanté, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Individual members
  • Markus Messerli (Switzerland)
  • Dorothee Michel (Germany)
  • Dominik Stämpfli (Switzerland)
  • Stephen Jenkinson (Switzerland)
  • Arzu Onay-Besikci (Turkey)
Observing member
  • Mouataz Shakir Hassan (Iraq)



Welcome to two new board members

Marina Odalović was born in 1980. She graduated at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade in 2005. Afterwords she obtained postgraduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Care (2007), Pharmaceutical Management and Marketing (2012) and Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Legislation (2012). She acquired PhD in 2013. From the early beginning of her career, she is interested in pharmacoepidemiological research and quantitative research methods. She started with investigation of drug use among pregnant women within her PhD thesis, and continues through the investigation of self-medication practice, antibiotics usage, adherence and revealing of specific predictors and models of drug usage in different population within the national and international projects. She directs her current interests towards research and development of digital technologies as support in provision of pharmacy services and pharmacists’ education. She was the principal investigator within the Innovation Fund project, the Proof of Concept program, dedicated to the development of a digital platform for pharmacy service for diabetic patients (2020-2021).
She is employed at the Department of Social Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Legislation, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade since 2007 with the current position as Associate Professor. As a member of Drug related problems working group within the PCNE, she has initiated validation of DRP classification in Serbia. She contributed to development of regulatory framework for quality assurance of cognitive pharmacy services is Serbia through the development of the national Guidelines for Good Pharmacy Practice.
She has participated in the PCNE conference in 2008 for the first time, when she became the individual member. Support from PCNE which she received as the young pharmacist and PhD student was completely exceptional and had a strong impact on her further career development. Mentoring program for young colleagues and researchers, maintenance and training in different methodological approaches important for pharmaceutical care including the implications important for regulatory justification of pharmaceutical care and further reinforcements of networking would be some of the most important items which she will support as the PCNE Board member.

Ivana Tadic was born in 1978 in the Republic of Serbia. She graduated as a pharmacist at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy. In addition, she completed two postgraduate master programs in Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical management and marketing at the same University. She practiced as a community pharmacist for two years before undertaking her PhD in Social Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice Research in 2008. She graduated as PhD in 4 years and was awarded as one of the best PhD students at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy. The main focus of her PhD research was on quality of life of female patients with osteoporotic fractures, statistical methods and pharmacoeconomics.
She has been a member of the Department of Social Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Legislation at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy since its formation in 2007. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of several courses at the master, postgraduate and PhD levels of education at the same University. Her research interests have grown and changed over the years during her academic career and close collaboration with community pharmacists. Today, she is the head of the Centre for the Advancement of Pharmacy and Biochemical Practice. She is also a member of the three working groups constituted by the Pharmaceutical Chamber of Serbia for the development and implementation of pharmacy services related to diabetes, flu vaccination and new medicines service.
The first PCNE Symposium which she attended was held in Manchester in 2011. In following years she participated in several PCNE symposium/conferences and was author of several poster presentations and two scientific papers originated form projects/collaboration of PCNE members. She finds PCNE as an exceptional place for exchange of ideas of state-of-the-art research, and a valuable place for collaboration of researchers with similar interests. The PCNE aimed to help and make contribution to pharmacy practice worldwide. 
She is highly motivated to support management of the PCNE association, encouraging the collaboration between researchers and acquiring new members.

Important dates for 13th PCNE Working Conference in Hillerød, Denmark
The PCNE working conference 2023 will be held in Hilleroed, Denmark 8th to 11th of February. The overall theme is “Pharmacies’ new roles in pharmaceutical care: bridging research and practice” The theme has been chosen to highlight the continuous development of the practice and to strengthen the interactions between research and practice.

Abstracts submission open: 19th September 2022
Registration open: 19th September 2022
The preparations are ongoing and the PCNE members were asked in August 2022 for additional proposals for workshops, in addition to those workshops prepared by the working groups. A total of nine proposals were entered – thanks to all of you.

Keep up to date on the program, working groups, lectures, registration  and other information:  

Other news from PCNE
Methods for Translation and Dissimination of PCNE documents approved
PCNE generates reports and documents that other scientific societies, organisations or institutions might want to use and translate in their language. This is something PCNE welcomes but there is a need to standardize the translation processes at PCNE. The board has elaborated and approved the document “Preferred methods for the translation and dissemination of PCNE reports” that should be respected when documents created by PCNE (e.g., during Working Symposia or Conferences) are translated into other languages.
You find the document here:
Ongoing work on the board
The board has virtual meetings every month where we discuss all tasks and ongoing projects. One of the big tasks is planning the next working conference, but several smaller projects are being worked on in parallel:
  • Communication strategy: We wish PCNE to be more visible for members and others with an interest in pharmaceutical care research and to facilitate and stimulate communication between members.
  • GDRR (General Data Protection Regulation): PCNE needs to have a privacy policy to comply with the European GDPR rules!
  • PCNE website: For the administration of PCNE and its members the website is very useful. To limit and rationalise the work a structural update has been made. For the members, visible differences are very few.
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