On February 11 – 28, 2018, at the invitation of the Lithuanian Pharmaceutical Association, the Dean of the qualification improvement department of the Institute of Pharmacy Professionals Qualification Improvement of the National University of Pharmacy, Candidate of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Professor Velykyi Dmytro Lvovych visited the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Kaunas, Lithuania).

The purpose of this business trip: acquaintance with the postgraduate education experience of the pharmaceutical industry specialists accumulated by the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, with the experience of professional associations of the Republic of Lithuania (Vilnius).

In the course of his business trip, Assoc. Prof. Velykyi D.L. familiarized himself with the legal framework that regulates the continuous professional development of pharmacy specialists of the Republic of Lithuania, and its practical implementation.

The Republic of Lithuania has a three-stage pharmaceutical education: pre- and postgraduate pharmaceutical education (advanced training) and continuous professional development.

Postgraduate pharmaceutical education lasts from 1 to 10 years. The requirements for it are outlined in the national standards of higher pharmaceutical education. Responsibility for training is assigned to higher education institutions, Ministry of Health, professional associations.

Continuous professional development lasts for 30-40 years, that is, during the whole work activity of a specialist. Responsibility is assigned personally to the pharmacist, the Lithuanian Pharmaceutical Association, the Ministry of Health, and others.

The role of various organizations in the continuous professional development of pharmacists:

  1. Healthcare authorities (seminars, on-the-job training, companies).
  2. Higher education institutions (new technologies, lectures, seminars).
  3. Lithuanian Association of Pharmacists, international programs (congresses, conferences, internships abroad).

The right to choose the form of continuing professional education remains directly with the pharmacist.

The confirmation of professional competence is expressed through the credit system. Appropriate scales are used to assess the scope and the quality of professional competence. In the absence of the necessary number of credits within 5 years, the professional competence is confirmed in the profile commissions (administration and LFA).

Failure of the specialist to meet the state’s requirements for his/her own continuous professional development can lead to the withdrawal of a certificate (license) for pharmaceutical activi.