How PGEU Operates
The PGEU has a Secretariat located in Brussels with a staff of five people who coordinate the daily work of the association.
The PGEU holds a General Assembly three times per year (March, June and November) to which all members and observer members are invited to participate. PGEU holds an Annual Symposium which takes place immediately after or before the June General Assembly.The PGEU has a management board known as the Executive Committee whose members are representatives of PGEU member organisations.
The Presidency of the PGEU changes on an annual basis by the way of a rotation system among members. To facilitate the work of the PGEU in giving advice and formulating proposals in many different policy areas relevant to community pharmacy and public health, a number of PGEU Working Groups have been established.
The General Assembly is the supreme body of the association which decides on all important matters including PGEU policy decisions and the annual budget. The General Assembly meets three times per year and all ordinary members and observer members delegations attend.
Policy proposals are developed by the Working Groups in collaboration with the Secretariat, and the Executive Committee presents policy proposals to the General Assembly with its recommendations for action.
PGEU Annual Symposium
PGEU holds a Symposium every year the day before/after the June General Assembly.
The Symposium features expert speakers from the world of pharmacy, the European institutions, national authorities, academia and patient groups.
The Executive Committee:
The chair of the Executive Committee is the President.
The President is elected by the national delegations.
Pharm. Jesús Aguilar Santamaría (Spain) is PGEU President for 2018.
Mr. Aguilar studied pharmacy at Madrid University. He is President of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain since June 2015.
Mr Aguilar took several courses in business management, pharmaceutical quality, drug production, Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, as well as assistance pharmacy.
He participated in several professional seminars and congresses with papers on different aspects related to medicine, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical profession.
He published several articles and reports within the professional field.
Mr Aguilar is Honorary member of the Official College of Pharmacists of Cantabria, Member of the Spanish Association of Industrial Pharmacists, Member of the Spanish Society of Community Pharmacy, and Member of the PharmaceuticalCare Foundation.
He is married and has three children.
First Vice President
MSc pharm Kristiina Sepp (Estonia) is PGEU Vice-President for 2018.
Ms Sepp is board member of the Estonian Pharmacies Association and member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Estonia. She is a member of the WG on "Quality guidelines for community pharmacy services in Estonia" , and editor of the Estonian book “Symptoms in Pharmacy” (2015).
Her topic of interest are numerous, namely:
The PGEU has to give advice and formulate proposals in many different policy areas relevant to community pharmacy and public health.
To facilitate this work, the Executive Committee or the General Assembly can propose the establishment of a working group to deal with specific issues.
The working group members are experts appointed by PGEU members. The working groups provide additional technical expertise to the Secretariat in developing policy proposals, which are then presented by the Executive Committee to the General Assembly for approval.
The AWG is the main consultative body of the PGEU, covering wide range of policy areas and is currently the key forum for discussion and development of PGEU policy papers.
The European Pharmacists' Professional Forum deals with professional issues, including issues related to mobility of pharmacists, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, education and training of pharmacists, patient safety, pharmacy practice, collaboration with other stakeholders, etc.
This working group discusses current economic issues affecting pharmacies.