12 May PharmMedQ
03/2019 – 03/2022
THEMATIC FIELD OF THE PROJECT:
Croatian Qualifications Framework
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
European Social Fund
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
The range of jobs that employ experts after completing the university’s integrated undergraduate and graduate study programs in pharmacy and medical biochemistry is very wide and includes health care, industry and state and public institutions. Modern study programs must ensure a balance of acquired scientific and professional competencies and be a quality basis for lifelong learning, in accordance with the requirements and needs of the workplace. The need for these experts is great. On the contrary, according to the analysis of the Croatian Employment Service, it is recommended to increase the number of enrolled and scholarship students.
The European legal framework prescribes minimum requirements for the recognition of qualifications of health professionals in the EU (Directive 2005/36 / EC and 2013/55 / EU). At EU level, there are strategic guidelines that state that pharmacists will play a key role in achieving an efficient and sustainable health system in the 21st century (EU PHARMINE: Pharmacy Education in Europe). At the global level, the International Federation of Pharmacy emphasizes the importance of identifying national and societal needs, defining the role of pharmacists in health care and involving all relevant stakeholders in the process of ensuring and improving the quality of education (Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education: the FIP Global Framework). However, all relevant directives and guidelines need to be adapted to specific national conditions and the necessary competencies of Masters of Pharmacy described in detail. In addition, pharmacy is one of the financially strongest research and development and industrial areas in the Republic of Croatia (Smart Specialization Strategy of the Republic of Croatia 2016-2020) and Masters of Pharmacy are responsible for research, development, production, quality assurance, distribution and regulation of medicines, medical and cosmetic products and dietary supplements.
Masters of Medical Biochemistry are employed mainly in the health care system as experts within the medical team and it is necessary to define their multidisciplinary competencies for examining human health from a chemical, biochemical and molecular-biological point of view. In the territory of the Republic of Croatia, there is no systematically collected data on key jobs and competencies in the field of pharmacy and medical biochemistry. The basis for effective and quality audit of study programs, in accordance with the real needs of employers, is the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders. Therefore, the CROQF will be used in this project as an instrument for connecting education with the needs of the labor market and harmonizing learning outcomes with modern necessary competencies.
The application of the CROQF in the PharmMedQ project will improve the university’s integrated undergraduate and graduate study programs in pharmacy and medical biochemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb and the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, University of Split. Based on the survey among employers, proposals will be made for 3 occupational standards (pharmacist, industrial pharmacist and medical biochemist) and 2 qualification standards (master of pharmacy and master of medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine) and harmonize labor market needs, modern competencies and learning outcomes. Through the activities of the project, the teaching activity and higher education institutions as a whole will be improved and the culture of quality will be promoted