Klaus Meier

Leading Pharmacist at the Department for Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy.

Heidekreis-Klinikum GmbH

Oeninger Weg 30

D 29614 SOLTAU


Klaus Meier studied theology with the master in 1975, has finished as candidate studies of paedagogics and the studies of pharmacy in 1981 with the approbation from the ministry of health in Kiel.


Steps of activities and carrier 

He implemented the centralised Cytotoxic service as one of the first in Germany in the General Hospital of Hamburg-Harburg. The benfits were high quality, safety for the employees for handling of cytotoxic drugs, environmentally friendly waste management and the effectiveness and cost saving of the preparations.

He became Certified Clinical Pharmacist

He founded the German Oncology Pharmacy Conference named NZW (Norddeutscher Zytostatika Workshop) in Hamburg. In the meantime the NZW is yearly a well known meeting in Europe with yearly over 800 attendees. The NZW has been extended to Dresden and Munich. The content of the conference is the quality in health care but also environmental topics like waste disposal of cytotoxic drugs, effluent discharge of hospitals, pharmaceuticals in the environment (PIE) and spill management.

He implemented the specialisation for “Oncology Pharmacy” in Germany in 2001, a special post-graduated education programm about 100 hours of lectures, 2 years practical training onsite and presenting case reports in an examination.

 1996 – 2001
Director and since 2012 Vicedirector of the Institute for Applied Healthcare Sciences (IFAHS) in Hamburg. This Institute deals also with Environmental, Health and Safety topics as well as think tank for the educational activities of Oncology Pharmacy societies in Europe.

President Elect and from 1998 to 2000 President of ISOPP (International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners)

Founding President of the ESOP (European Society of Oncology Pharmacy). In the last 16 years Environmental, Health and Safety topics were implemented into ESOP, like waste disposal, safe handling of cytotoxic drugs, PIE and others.

He managed at first the affiliated membership in FECS and from the founding the full membership of the ESOP in ECCO (European CanCer Organisation).

2001, 2004 and 2008
He arranged meetings for improvement of Quality, Environment, Health and patients Safety with the EU Commission in Luxembourg

2007 – 2018
He was acting as editor-in-chief of the EJOP (European Journal of Oncology Pharmacy).

2008 – 2012 and again from 2016 – 2019
He acted as member of the board of directors of European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), and implemented the understanding of multi-professionality besides interdisciplinarity in ECCO.

He became fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences (EACS).

He founded the Oncology Training Academy in Hamburg, a place for training of pharmacists in quality, pharmaceutical care, health and safety.

He managed that ESOP became a HCPS (Health Care Professionals) the accreditation of observer at EMA

 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 (ExCOP)
The Advance Masterclass organised together with ESO. An educational event which follows with its 40 hours to the since 2007 installend Basic Masterclass. More than 300 pharmacists have been educated from whole Europe in order to support smaler European countries to establish a specialisation for oncology pharmacy.

2012, 2014 and 2016
Chair of the European Conference for Oncology Pharmacy (ECOP) in Budapest (2012), Krakow (2014), Dubrovnik (2016) and Nantes (2018) with more than 500 participants from 49 countries.

The conferences stood under the patronage of the EU health Commissioner.

 2015 Pezcoller Award; 2017 Lesmüller Award

Publication of books and articles concerning Oncology Pharmacy:

  • Development of practical experiences in preparing cytotoxic drugs,
  • Supporting occupational health medicine in expanding a better service for workers and healthcare professionals as well for environment and patients
  • Evolving the European understanding of Oncology Pharmacy in all areas.
  • Development and publishing of the QuapoS (Quality and Environment Health and Safety standard manual for oncology pharmacy Service) 6 editions have been published since 1996 in 29 languages
  • Supporting the manual handling of dangerous cytotoxic drugs
  • Supporting the development of the Spill Management Programs for ESOP
  • Installing the use of the “Yellow hand” for the handling procedure of cytotoxic drugs in all areas

All manuals and articles are dealing with treatment, quality, environment, health and safety topics.

Working activities

2001 -2006
Acting as General Manager of all pharmacies in community hospitals in Hamburg, Germany (serving nearly 6000 beds in general and with more than 40000 preparations for cancer patients yearly).

Beginning 2006 up to now
Leading Pharmacist in the Department for Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy in the Heidekreis-Klinikum GmbH in Soltau, Lower Saxony.

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