Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe

The Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE) was established in 1994 by a number of European pharmaceutical care researchers. It became an official association (under Dutch law) in 2004.

Medication Review Drug-related problem classification Guidelines and Indicators

PCNE Working group on medication review

Medication review is an essential element of pharmaceutical care. PCNE has held several workshops and symposia on the topic. Reports from this work can be found on this site. The aim of the working group is to bring experts together in order to create a set of guidelines for conducting medication review, including an algorithm for patient selection. Most useful information can be found in the reports of the different symposia and the PCNE-wiki.

In 2017, experts  had extensive discussions during a consensus meeting in Hillerød, Denmark. This resulted in following PCNE definition:

Medication review is a structured evaluation of a patient‘s medicines with the aim of optimising medicines use and improving health outcomes. This entails detecting drug related problems and recommending interventions.

In view of the discussions, a position paper was deemed necessary that would clarify the different elements of the definition and justify the choices. This position paper can be found here. The process was published in 2018, and the paper can be found here.

PCNE also has defined the different types of medication review, and the result can be found in a short statement.


DRP meeting 2019 in Egmond

On the 6th February 2019 the DRP-group had another meeting to discuss V8.02 of the DRP classification. This version now has been translated in a number of languages, and more translations are under way. Nevertheless a small number of issues had come up,and small adaptations proved to be desirable. Se the meeting report.


Workshop during 2013 Working Conference in Berlin

During the Working Conference 2013 in Berlin, a Workshop was held with the title: 'Medication review, bringing the strands together'. Please find here the introduction slides for that workshop. The introduction slides give a good impression of the status of the work of the Medication Review Working group at that point in time.

The results of the working group were essentially twofold, and can be downloaded here:

Overview: what problems can be detected by the different PCNE Types of medication review

Overview: What activities are part of the different PCNE types of Medication Review

Report 3rd Medication Review Symposium, Leuven, May 2012

The Third PCNE Medication Review Working Symposium was held on the 29th May 2012 in Leuven, Belgium. Participants looked at the selection criteria (prioritising), and the information that is necessary to conduct a medication review. A flowchart was also created.

Reports 2012 Medication Review Symposium Leuven

Report 2nd Medication Review Symposium, Dublin 2011

The Second PCNE Medication Review Working Symposium was held on the 18th October 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The definition was once again revised, and different methods of Medication Review were presented.

For overview and reports look HERE

March 2011: Medication review Mini-Symposium

On Saturday 26th March 2011, directly after the working conference of PCNE, a mini symposium on medication review was held in Manchester under supervision of the PCNE Medication Review Working Group. The presentations held during this symposium can be found here. During this symposium, the definition of a Medication Review was revised.

August 2010: Medication review workshop

During the 2010 International Social Pharmacy Workshop (ISPW) in Lisbon, a workshop was held on "Medication review, the PCNE way". Materials from this workshop are available through the PCNE secretariat.

First PCNE Working Symposium on medication review, Geneva 2009

The the definition of medication review, and the different approaches have been extensively discussed during an PCNE Working Symposium on Medication in Geneva, on the Tuesday 3rd November 2009. There were 36 experts present who discussed definitions, the three types of medication review and the information that is necessary for performing medication reviews.

The different abstracts, presentations and reports can now be retrieved on-line, by clicking here. Additional information can also be obtained from the professional secretariat.