The main theme of the event, which will be held on 24–26 May 2010 at the "Hotel Embajador" in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, is “How to coordinate competence-based education”. The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, has participated in the organization of the CPAEF from the very beginning and is represented as a permanent member of the Steering Committee.
The objective of the VII Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education is to discuss pharmaceutical education in the Americas, focusing on the development of an accreditation proposal for pharmacy careers. Pharmaceutical education is responsible for preparing students to begin the practice of pharmacy as vital members of the healthcare team, with all the necessary attitudes and knowledge. The Conferences on Pharmaceutical Education have been held since 1990 to promote cooperation among pharmacy schools, associations, colleges, and departments in the Americas.
This event is made possible by the National Organizing Commission, made up of PAHO, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), the Brazilian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association (ABCF), the Regional Pharmacy Boards of São Paulo, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and its Departments of Pharmaceutical Care (DAF/MS) and Health Education Management (DEGES/MS), the Ministry of Education and its Coordination for the Upgrading of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES/MEC), the Brazilian Association for Pharmaceutical Education (ABENFAR), and the National Federation of Pharmacists (FENAFAR). This Commission is open to the participation of new national pharmaceutical entities.