These guidelines are intended to provide a description of ways in which pharmacists can improve access to health care, health promotion and the use of medicines on behalf of the patients they serve. The role of FIP is to provide leadership for national pharmacy professional organizations, which in
turn provide the impetus for setting national standards. The vital element is the commitment of the pharmacy profession worldwide to promoting excellence in practice for the benefi t of those served. The public and other professions will judge the pharmacy profession on how its members translate that commitment into practice in all settings, especially community and hospital pharmacy settings.
It is the policy of FIP and WHO to provide guidance to national pharmacy professional organizations regarding the development of their national GPP guidelines. The conditions of practice vary widely from country to country and each national pharmacy professional organization is best able to decide what can be achieved and within what time-scale.