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 1/2024 March 2024


Registration is OPEN
PCNE 9th Symposium 2024 - 20-24 June, Basel, Switzerland 
Dear PCNE-member
For many years, the start of a new year has also brought excitement about the next PCNE conference. This year is a bit different, but trust me, it is already time to get excited. We have now opened registration for the upcoming PCNE symposium in Basel from June 20th to 22nd, 2024. The overall theme is “Advancing the paradigm and visibility of pharmacy practice research”. Accordingly, the Granada Statement – a set of 18 recommendations to strengthen pharmacy practice will be subject in a key note lecture and in an expert course. Furthermore, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of PCNE and the 20th anniversary of the pharmacists’ reference journal “Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP)”.
In this newsletter, you will find more information about the:
  • The 9th PCNE Symposium in Basel 20-22 June 2024 (registration, fees and deadlines)
  • Granada statements
  • Pre-information on the GA on 21st June 2024
  • Messages from PCNE-members
  • Save the date - 14th PCNE Working Conference in Innsbruck 5 - 8 February 2025


On behalf of the PCNE board, Bjarke Abrahamsen
9th PCNE Working Symposium 2024
Basel, Switzerland, 20-22 June 2024
We are looking forward on the next PCNE Symposium in Basel. The organizing committee has prepared an exciting program:
  • a pre-symposium on Thursday with three expert courses with the titles:
    • I have data to publish - How to proceed and choose the appropriate journal?
    • The Granada statements 2022 - What does this mean to my research?
    • How to submit a successful grant
  • three keynote lectures including the Foppe Memorial Lecture
  • five workshops run twice in parallel and thus providing the option to choose two out of five attractive topics:
    • Building a strong research team
    • From Guidelines to Quality Indicators
    • Shaping the future of PCNE DRP classification
    • Adherence
    • AI and Machine Learning in Pharmaceutical Care
  • poster session with poster walk
  • six oral communications


Registration starts on Friday 1st March 2024, early bird ends on Friday 26th April 2024 (with no extension).
You can register for the following events:

  • Expert courses 1-3, of 4 hours each on Thursday 20th June
  • Workshops 1-5, of 3 hours each on Friday 21st June and Saturday 22th June. You must choose two out of five different workshops. See the description of the expert courses and the workshops.
  • The welcoming ceremony Thursday 20th June 17:30-19:00
  • Soapbox Friday 21st June 13:00-14:00 (only for PCNE members)
  • Social event Friday 21st June 20:00 – 23:00 (river boat on the Rhine).


The document "Practical information to prepare your venue to PCNE symposium @Basel 20-22 June 2024”  provides important information on the different events (welcoming ceremony, the venue, the social event on a boat trip along the Rhine) and on options for accommodation. (Be aware that you need to organize your accommodation yourself).

  • Fee for the 2-days symposium (21-22 June): EUR 250 (Early bird: EUR 200)
  • Fee for the 3-days symposium (20-22 June) including expert course: EUR 350 (Early bird: EUR 300)

These fees include coffee breaks, lunch and the welcoming ceremony; but no accommodation.

  • Fee for the social event including dinner and drinks: EUR 75. Please register accompanying persons during your online registration (same fee of EUR 75).

After having filled in all information, the system creates an invoice that you can pay directly at the end of the registration process. In case of being unable to participate, PCNE can only guarantee reimbursement of 80% of the full price if the cancellation arrives in written before Monday 10th June 2024.

Abstract submission
Abstract submission will OPEN on 1st March 2024. All information on the abstract submission is available on the website of the symposium. The abstract submission will close on Friday 19th April 2024 at 12:00 PM (midnight).
The scientific committee will evaluate all abstracts prior to the symposium and select six submissions to be presented as oral communication. Depending on the number of abstracts, we may further select abstracts to be presented during poster walks. Participants will be informed by individual emails.
Online participation
Virtual participation to the three plenary lectures, oral communication sessions and closing ceremony will be available via hybrid format. Fee for the online symposium is EUR 80.
Why the Granada Statements matter
The Social and Clinical Pharmacy research fields are both falling under the overarching umbrella of research in “Pharmacy Practice." Journal editors in these scientific fields acknowledged both the similarities and distinctions in research publication, culminating in a consensus on guidelines for research publishing.  Therefore, the Granada Statements are crafted with the intent of elevating the visibility and refining the quality of research in pharmacy practice and education. The Basel PCNE conference is an excellent place to become acquainted with these statements and discover how to apply them effectively in your research.

PCNE General Assembly on Friday 21st June (17:15-19:45h)

The PCNE General Assembly will be held in hybrid format (physical and virtual presence) for PCNE members. Two new PCNE Board members and 5 new honorary members will be elected. The changes to the current regulations and their approval will be an important topic. A separate invitation will follow.

Invitation from the Swedish Ministry for Social Affairs

The PCNE received a request from Tommy Westerlund to disseminate the following information. We have the opportunity to discuss this request and the survey during our PCNE Symposium in Basel.
Sweden is implementing a National Medication List (NML) shared between healthcare providers and community pharmacists, containing patients’ all prescribed and dispensed medicines. Contrary to the previous National Prescription Registry, the list will be accessible to physicians and enable two-way communication. Development and implementation is ongoing. As a first step, the list includes information on prescriptions, while the government is now investigating possibilities to include even more information in the NML, such as information on all/some medicines administered in a healthcare setting, thus not provided by a community pharmacy. Information would in that case be accessible to pharmacies, healthcare providers and patients (online). We are interested to hear your views on this amendment.
  • What possible benefits would community pharmacists have from this information?
  • What would the possible benefits for the patient be?
  • Do you have any experience or know of any projects, where such developments have been done before?
  • Do you see any obvious concerns or drawbacks? 

Thanks for your kind assistance! 
Fredrik Ax and Tommy Westerlund
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