President's Message

By Evelyn Handel, ISOPP President

There is excitement in the air as the implementation of ISOPP’s new Strategic Plan for 2022-2024 and the planning of our 2023 International Symposium takes off. It feels so good to have a road map laid out before us for the next three years and to know in just eight short months we will be able to see each other in person in Sevilla, Spain!

If you missed the Annual General Meeting, where outgoing President, Shaun O’Connor presented the updated Strategic Plan, you can listen to the recording (log in as a member). We will also be posting a one page summary and video on the website in the coming weeks to share our ambitious agenda further.

Know you are welcome to join the ranks of the volunteers, working tirelessly to achieve our mission of advancing cancer care globally, at any time.  There is much work to be done and many hands make light work. Please visit the About page of the website for a list of Committees and Task Forces and see if any match your ambitions.  Such a worthwhile way to make connections and take one’s practice and knowledge to new heights.  In fact, we are seeking volunteers to join the ISOPP 2023 Symposium Program Task Force. Read within the newsletter to learn more.

A key strategic initiative is delivering enhanced professional development resources in oncology pharmacy. I am therefore pleased to confirm ISOPP’s Immunotherapy Toolkit of Resources is available for members complimentary in ISOPP’s Virtual Library. Thank you to the Immunotherapy Task Force for their much appreciated efforts in compiling this invaluable resource for oncology professionals.

Also, to that end, a live webinar titled ISOPP’s Standards of Practice - Revised Release Update presented by Shaun O’Connor (Past President and Standards Task Force Co-Chair) took place in May. If you missed it, you can watch it at your leisure on ISOPP’s website. Access is complimentary for members for up to 12 months.

A reminder that you also have free access to other valuable ISOPP educational opportunities, including the Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars (OPAB) Program. The program consists of 10 online courses (total of 25 hours) and an opportunity to meet at ISOPP’s 2023 Symposium in Spain to expand the Biosimilars Expert Network.  You have the option of taking an accredited or non-accredited version.

Lastly, we have a website refresh on the way! The newly re-named Engagement and Communications Committee has sourced and briefed suppliers who in turn have submitted proposals to address some outdated functionality that requires updating in order for the website to continue to function and meet ISOPP’s needs. We will keep you posted as the new website takes shape.  In the meantime, you can read below to find out more.

I have briefly touched on some of ISOPP’s activities and progress.  Read on to learn more about oncology pharmacy around the world and the work and achievements of our members.  We have news from the UK, Vietnam, Nigeria and South Africa.  Also, spread the word about the value of ISOPP and continue to encourage others to become members.  If you have not subscribed to our Facebook page to stay in touch with us, please do so. 

The greater our membership, the stronger our voice!

See you on line and in Sevilla, Spain!  Save the dates of March 2-5, 2023!