An updated version of the book Validation Instruments for Community Pharmacy was published by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing last month. The book is authored by Claire Scicluna, Lilian M. Azzopardi and Anthony Serracino-Inglott from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta.
The book is based on work carried out in this area for the past 16 years by the research group,. Results from this research have achieved international recognition and were used as a benchmark for quality care standards methods developed in different countries. This new book is a follow-up to the work by Lilian M. Azzopardi published by Pharmaceutical Products Press, USA in 2000.
The research study initially worked on an initial framework of a validation concept for community pharmacy by developing a mathematical process drawing from quality systems that are adopted in the pharmaceutical industry. Research awards were received in recognition for this research by the International Pharmaceutical Federation Foundation for Education and Research and by the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy and German Foundation for Education and Research.
The research group continued developing the Validation of Community Pharmacy Method. The project was internationalised by working with colleagues from different countries in the development of similar systems for different scenarios. On an international level, research work was carried out in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation-Quality Care Systems Working Group.
The work that is being presented in this publication draws on a study that was carried out by Claire Scicluna, who at the time of undertaking this work, was an undergraduate pharmacy student, under the supervision of Lilian M. Azzopardi.
This work looked at developments in community pharmacy practice and drew on the earlier research work to propose an updated Validation of Community Pharmacy Method. Claire guided the development of the new proposed framework.