International Society for the History of Pharmacy - ISHP

Internationale Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Pharmazie -- Société Internationale d'Histoire de la Pharmacie

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The ISHP

was founded 1926. The society is established to form an international centre for handling all matters of a pharmaceutical historical nature without commercial interests.

ISHP: Aims & Scope

ISHP promotes science, mainly research, teaching and publications in the field of pharmaceutical history. A main focus lies in organising an International Congress every two years. In the area of publications the ISHP supports the Pharmaceutical Historian. To promote research ISHP offers a grant for research projects.

Member Societies

ISHP is the head organization of 29 national societies for the history of pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Historian

is an international journal for the history of pharmacy published by the British Society for the History of Pharmacy on behalf of the ISHP. The first number appeared in 1967 (ISSN 0079-1393, Print), and it is now an peer reviewed online open access journal, see Editorials: A New Chapter for Pharmaceutical Historian.

Working Group History of Pharmacopoeias

This initial from the "Antidotarium magnus" of the University Library of Basel, one of the oldest European formularies is helping to accompany the way to the “Working Group History of Pharmacopoeias” of the International Society. Here you will find several texts that cover a vast panorama of the history of pharmacopoeias in the world.

Oral Presentation Database

The ISHP Oral Presentation Database lists talks given since 2005 related to the history of pharmacy worldwide. Beside the title the database contains the the name of the author and a contact email address. The date, place and occasion of the talk are also given. Here you will find the recent and upcoming talks and also the archive from 2005 to October 2017

Virtual symposium "Projects and Prospects in Pharmaceutical History", April 23-24, 2021

To frame the meetings of ISHP committees on Friday, April 23, 2021, lectures are held by distinguished scientists, and a variety of presentations given by young researchers too. Click here for program details.

The next regular ISHP-Congress will be held in Milan, Italy, in 2022.


The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy - AIHP - has opened the call for nominations for the George Urdang Medal.