Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2009
TAN Shook Fong
BPharm(Hons) 1965
Former Chief Pharmacist, Ministry of Health
Former President and Registrar, Singapore Pharmacy Board
Mrs Tan Shook Fong joined the Government Pharmaceutical Service as a pharmacist in Singapore General Hospital in 1967. She rose through the ranks to become Head Pharmacist in 1979. In 1990, she took on the position of Deputy Director, Pharmaceutical Department at Ministry of Health, and subsequently was promoted to Chief Pharmacist, and Director, Pharmaceutical Department in 1995. By statute, she was also the President and Registrar of the then Singapore Pharmacy Board. In these capacities, she had oversight of the entire pharmaceutical service for the nation. When the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) was formed, she was also appointed Special Pharmaceutical Advisor.
Mrs Tan's significant contributions to pharmacy practice in Singapore included the modernization of the hospital pharmacy in design concepts, computerisation, supplies, drug information and introduction of ready-to-use dispensing packs, customised total parenteral and enteral feeds. Alongside these accomplishments, she has published 32 scientific papers and a number of handbooks for use at hospitals, and presented her research papers at international conferences.
As the Chief Pharmacist, safety of medications and raising standards of pharmaceutical care to patients were her top priorities. Legislations were introduced for the control of smoking, cosmetics and Chinese Proprietary Medicine. She leveraged the Registration of Drugs to meet international standards and set up a centralized Drug Information Unit.
In recognition of her dedicated and exemplary service in her field, Mrs Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2003. Reflecting her multi-faceted talent, she has also been bestowed awards and honours by the Community Chest of Singapore, National Quality Circle Convention and the Public Service Quality Convention.
After her retirement in 2003, Mrs Tan continued to be active in the pharmacy field. She held various positions including Chairperson of the Singapore Pharmacy Board Continuing Pharmacy Education Accreditation Committee, Consultant Pharmacist at Haw Par Healthcare Ltd and Advisor to Singapore Pharmacy Board and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. Mrs Tan is also Honorary Secretary of Friends of the Museums Singapore.
"Passionately seek knowledge, continuously seek knowledge and stay relevant."
In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, the Faculty of Science honours Mrs Tan Shook Fong with the 2009 Distinguished Science Alumni Award.