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PSSA Pharmacy Symposium 2019

23 & 24 October 2019

Gallagher Convention Centre

(during the annual SAPHEX/The Pharmacy Show)


The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) has joined forces with SAPHEX/The Pharmacy Show in 2019 to present a two-day symposium which will be open to anyone working within the pharmacy sector in South Africa and SADC region whilst attending The Pharmacy Show this year on 23 and 24 October at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

This collaboration will see a two-day conference programme organised and hosted by the PSSA with the inclusion of their four sectors namely the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of South Africa (APSSA), South African Association of Community Pharmacists (SAACP), South African Association of Hospital and Institutional Pharmacists (SAAHIP) and South African Association of Pharmacists in Industry (SAAPI).

The Pharmacy Symposium will be open to any visitor to attend (both PSSA members and non-members) and promises to deliver an exciting, integrated programme that caters for all spheres of pharmacy. This year, the following topics will form part of the symposium programme:

  • Labour law and disciplinary action
  • Pharmaceutical workforce
  • Substandard and falsified medicine on social media
  • Pharmacist in non-communicable diseases
  • Ethics vs Law vs Pharmacy
  • Presidential Health Compact
  • Codeine debate
  • Current pharmacy practice, sciences and education research

PSSA and its four sectors will also have an integrated exhibition stand at the event creating a fantastic opportunity for visitors to not only access the symposium free of charge and gain up to date, reliable and relevant information, but to interact with office bearers from the National and Sectoral offices and executive committees.


Call for abstracts

The submission of abstracts for the Pharmacy Symposium 2019 that will take place on 23 and 24 October 2019 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg is now open.

The Society wishes to provide members and other experts the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience and to celebrate these successes together.

The due date for abstract submissions is Friday 2 August 2019 and these should be emailed to Mariet Eksteen at profoffice@pharmail.co.za. We aim to provide feedback no later than Wednesday 21 August 2019. Successful speakers must be prepared to cover all expenses related to attending the Pharmacy Symposium 2019 themselves. Registration to the event is free.

The Guidelines for Abstracts document provides clear guidance on how to prepare your abstract to ensure the best possible chance of being accepted, as there are only a limited number of openings available in the programme.

An Abstract Submission Template has been prepared for your convenience. Please ensure that all the necessary information is provided. The presenting author should also include a short professional biography (no more than 150 words) and a photo of themselves.

Submitted abstracts need to align with the learning objectives of either one of the two sessions, as outlined in the Programme. Submitted abstracts are invited for both proposed sessions.

For any other questions, please feel free to contact the Pharmacy Symposium organiser at (012) 470 9560 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm.