E11 FIP-WHO Session: Schools of International Nonproprietary Names (INN) – shared challenges and successes

Monday 11 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 104 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Programme Committee

Chairs: Sabine Kopp (World Health Organization, Switzerland)


This session will present the work of WHO around the International Nonproprietary Names

(INN). In particular, it will highlight the launch of the new WHO project “Schools of INN.”

The healthcare professionals are in general aware of the INN and what it stands for, but do they really use it? What is the gap in education and how can it be closed? These provocative questions will be addressed at this session. It will provide an overview of the usage of INN in practice and education. Most universities’ educational programmes use INN in teaching but the industry and healthcare sectors often the use of brand names. There is a gap in the education of healthcare professionals and even though INN is used in teaching, students are often not familiar with the stem system. A greater understanding of the construct of the INN by the students will help them better appreciate the learning of pharmacology and therapeutics. The FIP Academic Institutional Membership (AIM), is a Membership that allows Faculties and Schools of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to become inter-connected on a global platform of discussion, leadership and shared challenges and successes. The session will highlight best practices within AIM Schools showcasing successful examples and ways of collaboration between AIM and WHO towards the better use of INN in practice and education.  


Learning objectives

At the end of this knowledge-based session, the participants will be able to:

  1. Define the importance of International Nonproprietary Names (INN) use in practice
  2. Identify the gaps of INN use in education
  3. Outline the implementation of the “Schools of INN” project.


1. WHO School of INN Project

Raffaella Balocco Mattavelli (International Nonproprietary Names programme WHO, Switzerland)

2. Use of INN in European Schools – Best Practices & Challenges

Lilian Azzopardi (European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Malta)

3. AIM Member School