Introducing the New FAPA Sections

In 2018, the FAPA council approved the restructuring of the FAPA sections upon the recommendation of the 14th FAPA Bureau with the aim of gathering more experts working in a similar area of interest and encouraging more pharmacists to submit poster and oral presentations in the FAPA Congress. The seven (7) FAPA Sections reflect the current practice areas of Asian pharmacists attending the FAPA congress and the areas of expertise that are relevant to the growing needs of each country.

Section Chairpersons (2019-2022)

Scientific SectionDr. Dong-Churl Suh

Country: South Korea

Member Association: Korean Pharmaceutical Association


Dong-Churl Suh is a professor and Director of the graduate program at the College of Pharmacy at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea (CAU). He is also a Director of the Institute for Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at CAU. He was the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Dean of the Graduate School of Food and Drug Administration of CAU. He has also served for the FAPA Scientific Section as a chairman and the organizing committee of FIP Seoul meeting as vice-president Prior to joining CAU. he was a tenured professor and Director at Rutgers University School of Pharmacy. USA from 1994-2012.

Dr. Suh received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Economics from University of Minnesota in 1993. his M.B.A. in Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1988) as well as his B.S. in Pharmacy (1979) and M.S. in Pharmacology from CAU. Seoul. Korea.

Dr. Suh’s research interests include cost-effectiveness of drug therapies and the impact of pharmaceutical care on patients resource utilization and outcomes, patients willingness to pay for pharmacists’ services. and impact of adverse drug reaction on treatment costs.

Dr. Suh has received several research excellence awards including Best Research Presentation Poster Awards from ISPOR three times: the New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy: the Health Outcomes Research Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy: and the Marketscan Outcomes Research Award from Thomson-Medstat. He is currently serving as Advisor for various Department of Korean government and government agencies.

Pharmacy Education SectionDr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed

Country: Malaysia

Member Association: Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society


Obtained Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia (USM) in 1992 and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Tennessee (UT), Memphis, USA in 1996. Completed post-doctoral fellowship at UT before joining USM until 2005. Joined the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), holding the Head of Department and Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs) posts, before appointed as Dean, Centre for Foundation Studies in 2018.   Actively involved in pharmacy curricula development, implementation and monitoring. A panel member for accreditation of pharmacy schools under the Malaysian Qualification Agency and Malaysian Pharmacy Board. Principal, the Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy since 2008; facilitating discussions among deans from local public and private pharmacy schools. Chief coordinator of the Certified Smoking Cessation Service Provider programmer, core team member of the first national clinical practice guidelines (CPG) on Treatment of Tobacco Smoking, and Chairman of the 2016 CPG on Tobacco Use Disorder. Appointed as committee member for the technical working group on shisha and e-cigarettes, expert panel on e-cigarettes, Health Technology Assessment expert (smoking cessation) and vice chairman of Translating Evidence Towards Tobacco Control Policy committee. Continuously innovate teaching, training and supervising of undergraduate and postgraduate students, especially in smoking cessation and inter professional learning.

Community Pharmacy SectionMr. Kimihide Nishio

Country: Japan

Member Association: Japan Pharmaceutical Association


Mr. Nishio currently runs his five pharmacies in Toyama City, Japan. He has been working at a community pharmacy for 35 years and contributing to regional community residents’ health and hygiene, and medical care through filling a prescription, selling OTC drugs and taking health consultations, etc. Meanwhile, he has experienced the social changes in Japan such as progress of SDP and expansion of drugstores’ business due to a distribution reform. Therefore, he always looks for what a local pharmacy that meets the needs of the future should be. He is also actively involved in the affairs of the pharmacist’s associations, focusing on running the associations and training younger pharmacists. It is his desire to play an active part in Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations as a section chair of Community Pharmacy Section by making use of his experiences.

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy SectionDr. Yuh-Lih Chang

Country: Taiwan, R.O.C.

Member Association: The Pharmaceutical Society of Taiwan


Dr. Yuh-Lih Chang is currently the director of pharmacy department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital (Taipei VGH). He has devoted himself to hospital and clinical pharmacy practice for over 25 years. During this time, Dr. Chang participated and led the development and renovation of pharmacy practice in expanding the scope of clinical pharmacy services, intensifying the collaboration with other medical professionals, and to set up the service model of clinical pharmacist conducted outpatient clinic services, promoting patient safety of medication use as well as the public image of pharmacists. Besides hospital pharmacy practice, Dr. Chang also contributed to pharmacy education and research, and has been recruited as a faculty in the department of pharmacology, National Yang Ming University since 2009. With broad research interests covering clinical pharmacy related topics and fields such as regenerative medicine and neurosciences, he has published more than 30 SCI papers. Dr. Chang actively seeks communication with international hospital pharmacy departments and pharmacy schools through supporting clinical pharmacists of Taipei VGH to visit and receive training in foreign countries and providing overseas training program for foreign pharmacy students and practitioners. In 2012, Mr. Joseph Wang initiated the annual Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) international training program. Dr. Chang participated in the program design and served as the primary lecturer of the training program, committed to the promotion of pharmacy practice and safe medication use among Asian countries. In recent two years, as one of the expert group of FAPA foundation, he started to go overseas to provide on-site assistance for Indonesia to setup national standards on medication management. This year, Dr. Chang was honoured with the 2018 Ishidate Award in hospital pharmacy, in recognition of his contribution in the elevation of hospital pharmacy practice.


Industrial Pharmacy and Marketing SectionMs. Maria Rosario B. Barangan

Country: Philippines

Member Association: The Philippine Pharmacists Association


Ms. Maria Rosario Barangan has more than 30 years’ experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality assurance having occupied various positions from production assistant, production manager and quality assurance manager. Her expertise is to design and set-up pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and to design and implement management systems. She is currently the Vice President for Manufacturing of E.L. Laboratories, Inc., the Quality Assurance Director of Elin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines, College of Pharmacy.

She obtained her Bacheior and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Pharmacy at the University of the Philippines Manila.

She is involved in various organizations, being a Director and former President of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Philippine Affiliate and the former Vice President of the Philippine Association of Pharmacists in the Industry (PAPPI).

Ms. Barangan received several professional awards such as the Ishidate Award for Pharmacists in the Pharmaceutical Industry from the Federation of Asian Pharmaceuticals Associations (FAPA), the Outstanding Pharmacist for Industry by the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) and the Outstanding Professional for Pharmacy by the Philippine Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section Mr. John Jackson

Country: Australia

Member Association: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia


John has broad professional experience, expertise in pharmacy policy and governance and a long-standing involvement with development of strategy and advocacy for pharmacists. He has been the proprietor of community and hospital pharmacies, and currently operates a not-for-profit pharmacy in a community health centre.

As Director of “Project Pharmacist” at Monash University, he leads research to enhance pharmacists’ opportunities in primary care. This role aligns with his main interests of health and pharmaceutical policy, regulation of practice, workforce capacity and capability, fostering professional practice and the viability of pharmacies.

John is currently President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria and served as Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia IPSAI National and Victoria divisions since 2006 (President of Vic. 2006 to 2008].

He served as a Director of the Australian Pharmacy Council, the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. John was Chair of the national Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling, advisor to the Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare and Chair, Human Research & Ethics Committee of The Avenue Hospital.

His international engagement includes Chair, Social & Administrative Pharmacy Section Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations and President, Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum,

Medicines and Health Information SectionMs. Scarlett Oi Lan Pong

Country: Hong Kong, China

Member Association: The Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong


Chairman, Steering Committee, Alliance for Healthy Cities, Western Pacific Region (World Health Organization as advisor). Vice Chairman, Alliance for Healthy Cities, China Hong Kong Chapter. President, Health Connect ( NGO). President, The Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong President, The Pharmaceutical Society Charitable Foundation (NGO). Organizing Chairman, The Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, 2014, Hong Kong.

Elected District Councillor, Sha Tin District Council, Hong Kong Chairman, The Housing and Development Committee, The Sha Tin District Council, Hong Kong Convenor, Alliance for Healthy Cities Working Group, Sha Tin District Council, Hong KongPhar Convenor, Age Friendly Cities Working Group, Sha Tin District Council, Hong Kong. Committee Member, Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD). Council Member, Hong Kong Baptist University. Building Committee Member, Housing Authority, Hong Kong