Frontiers in Pharmacology is an open access online publication from the Frontiers Group (Lausanne, Switzerland). It is a leading journal in its field. It has a high impact, publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research across disciplines with dedicated sections related to exploratory and confirmatory research, including Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research. Frontiers’ Research Topics (FRTs) are peer-reviewed article collections around hot topics in the respective discipline. Defined and edited by experts, FRTs unite various perspectives, stimulating collaboration and accelerating science. These collections are free to access and highly visible, increasing the readership and citations in the specific arena. A strategic collaboration between IFAPP, the IFAPP Academy, and Frontiers was established in 2018 to foster the publication of articles related to “Challenges in Pharmaceutical Medicine: Competencies and Ethics in Medicines Development” as a separate FRT. The objective was to create further awareness of the complex areas involved in competency-based education and training and a realization of the emerging ethical changes for both medically and non-medically qualified professionals involved in drug development. Dominique Dubois, Sandor Kerpel-Fronius, Peter Stonier, and Honorio Silva accepted the responsibility of identifying 55 experts from the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and coordinating the publication of 12 manuscripts dealing with: 1- Grand Challenges in Pharmaceutical Medicine. 2- The Shared Ethical Responsibility of Medically and Non-medically Qualified Experts in Human Drug Development Teams. 3- Evolution of Ethical Principles in the Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine from a U.K. perspective. 4- The experience of the Joint Task Force on Competency and Clinical Research Professional Development. 5- The International perception of Competence, Education and Training Needs among Biomedical Professionals involved in Medicines Development. 6- Are Regulation and Innovation priorities serving Public Health Needs? 7- Evolution of the Development of Core Competencies in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Their Potential Use in Education and Training. 8- Challenges for the Creation of a Competent Regulatory Workforce. 9- Curriculum Transformation: from Didactic to Competency-Based Programs in Pharmaceutical Medicine. 10- Evolution of a Competency-Based Training Curriculum for Pharmaceutical Medicine Physicians in Switzerland. 11- The Specialist in Medicines Development as a Vocational Program in Pharmaceutical Medicine: The Japanese and Italian experience. 12- Linking the Declarations of Helsinki and Taipei: Critical Challenges of Future-Oriented Research Ethics. These articles were published in Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research during the past two years and are now available as a Frontiers e-book with open access for further dissemination and awareness at the following website: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7466/grand-challenges-in-pharmaceutical-medicine-competencies-and-ethics-in-medicines-development Our readers are kindly invited to visit the website, download the book, and contribute to its dissemination by sharing the above e-link with their professional network and creating a cascade effect. This is the first e-book on Pharmaceutical Medicine published by Frontiers, and hopefully not the last one. We expect this collective effort would result in an effective contribution that positively influences our discipline and profession.

Frontiers in Pharmacology is an open access online publication from the Frontiers Group (Lausanne, Switzerland). It is a leading journal in its field. It has a high impact, publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research across disciplines with dedicated sections related to exploratory and confirmatory research, including Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research.

Frontiers’ Research Topics (FRTs) are peer-reviewed article collections around hot topics in the respective discipline.  Defined and edited by experts, FRTs unite various perspectives, stimulating collaboration and accelerating science. These collections are free to access and highly visible, increasing the readership and citations in the specific arena.

A strategic collaboration between IFAPP, the IFAPP Academy, and Frontiers was established in 2018 to foster the publication of articles related to “Challenges in Pharmaceutical Medicine: Competencies and Ethics in Medicines Development” as a separate FRT. The objective was to create further awareness of the complex areas involved in competency-based education and training and a realization of the emerging ethical changes for both medically and non-medically qualified professionals involved in drug development.

Dominique Dubois, Sandor Kerpel-Fronius, Peter Stonier, and Honorio Silva accepted the responsibility of identifying 55 experts from the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and coordinating the publication of 12 manuscripts dealing with:

  1. Grand Challenges in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
  2. The Shared Ethical Responsibility of Medically and Non-medically Qualified Experts in Human Drug Development Teams.
  3. Evolution of Ethical Principles in the Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine from a U.K. perspective.
  4. The experience of the Joint Task Force on Competency and Clinical Research Professional Development.
  5. The International perception of Competence, Education and Training Needs among Biomedical Professionals involved in Medicines Development.
  6. Are Regulation and Innovation priorities serving Public Health Needs?
  7. Evolution of the Development of Core Competencies in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Their Potential Use in Education and Training.
  8. Challenges for the Creation of a Competent Regulatory Workforce.
  9. Curriculum Transformation: from Didactic to Competency-Based Programs in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
  10. Evolution of a Competency-Based Training Curriculum for Pharmaceutical Medicine Physicians in Switzerland.
  11. The Specialist in Medicines Development as a Vocational Program in Pharmaceutical Medicine: The Japanese and Italian experience.
  12. Linking the Declarations of Helsinki and Taipei: Critical Challenges of Future-Oriented Research Ethics.

These articles were published in Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research during the past two years and are now available as a Frontiers e-book with open access for further dissemination and awareness at the following website:

https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7466/grand-challenges-in-pharmaceutical-medicine-competencies-and-ethics-in-medicines-development

Our readers are kindly invited to visit the website, download the book, and contribute to its dissemination by sharing the above e-link with their professional network and creating a cascade effect.

This is the first e-book on Pharmaceutical Medicine published by Frontiers, and hopefully not the last one. We expect this collective effort would result in an effective contribution that positively influences our discipline and profession.