IPSF is an international non-governmental, non-political, non-religious and non-profit umbrella organisation for pharmacy student organisations and represents more than 500,000 pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students and recent graduates from over 100 countries worldwide. IPSF was founded in 1949, making IPSF the oldest faculty-based student organisation in the world.
IPSF initiatives focus on the areas of public health, pharmacy education, and professional development. Initiatives include multiple public health campaigns, research on issues in pharmacy education and workforce development, the Student Exchange Programme, organising international and regional events, and publication of the IPSF newsletters in pharmacy education and student exchange, among other responsibilities.
The five regional extensions of the Federation are the:
- Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO);
- African Regional Office (AfRO);
- Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO);
- European Regional Office (EuRO);
- Pan American Regional Office (PARO).