SAPS is a non-profit organization for people engaged in the field of medicinal drugs.
The aim of the organization is to further developments in pharmaceutical research and to promote high, professional standards.
History and mission
Albeit with its roots back in the 17th century the modern history of SAPS started in 1971, when all Swedish pharmacies were integrated into a national company with the State as the majority owner.
Since then the activities of the organization, now totally independent from the organization of the pharmacies, have been focused on;
- scientific matters
The body of individual members, approximately 5600, is geographically divided into 11 regional divisions and 13 specialized scientific sections each governed by a committee, elected by its members.
6000 participants and 150 days of tuition per year
The organization is the leading national provider of continuing education and post-graduate courses. Regional activities, in collaboration with the various divisions are run in more than 40 locations throughout the country.
Annually about 6000 participants attend the centrally organized activities, sharing about 150 days of tuition. The activities encompass a broad spectrum of subjects from generally oriented topics to more specific scientific oriented ones. More than 50 % of the participants come from the pharmaceutical industry and an equal number comes from universities, hospitals and community pharmacies.
Cooperating with universities
The Academy cooperates on a number of courses with universities and other providers of education inside and outside of Sweden. Also, a number of international symposia and workshops are held under the auspices of SAPS.
Awarding research and education
By awarding scholarships and grants the organization provides support for pharmaceutical research and education. Since 1961 a particularly prominent and internationally renowned pharmaceutical scientist has been appointed as the Scheele Laureate in memory of the famous chemist and pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. The Scheele Laureate is awarded a prize sum of SEK 200.000, a medal and a diploma. A special Scheele Symposium is also organized in connection with this event.