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The three organizations, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR), the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have recently published a joint position paper [1] on clinical pharmacology in health care, teaching and research. It is an updated and edited version of a similar position paper [2] published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology in July 2010 in connection with the 16th World Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in Copenhagen.

The new position paper can be downloaded from the website of CIOMS: www.cioms.ch.

The ambition is that the document will set the scene for the discipline in the first half of the 21st century in accordance with the concepts of an earlier WHO report published as long ago as in 1970 [3].

As the Editor-in-Chief of BCPT has been deeply involved in writing the position paper, it will not be reviewed here. The aim of this letter is simply to draw the attention of the readers of BCPT to its existence.

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  • 1
    Abernethy D, Birkett D, Brøsen K, Cascorbi I, Gustafsson LL, Hoppu K et al. Clinical Pharmacology in health care, teaching and research. Edited by: Orme M, Sjöqvist F, Birkett D 2012. Available on www.cioms.ch
  • 2
    Birkett D, Brøsen K, Cascorbi I, Gustafsson LL, Maxwell S, Rago L et al. Clinical pharmacology in research, teaching and health care: considerations by IUPHAR, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol 2010;107:53159.
  • 3
    World Health Organization, Clinical pharmacology. Scope, organization, training. Report of a WHO study group. World Health Organ Tech Rep Ser 1970;446:521.