ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. Since 1932, ACPE has worked with educational institutions and organizations to assure excellence is available for people in the pharmacy profession.
Founded as the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) in 1932, the agency’s name was changed to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in 2003. ACPE initially established standards for the baccalaureate degree in pharmacy and then added the doctor of pharmacy standards as an alternative. In 2000, ACPE announced the conversion to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) as the sole entry-level degree for the profession of pharmacy. In 1975, ACPE developed standards for the approval (now, accreditation) of providers of continuing pharmacy education and in 1999, developed additional standards for the CE providers who were conducting certificate programs in pharmacy.
ACPE’s International Services Program (ISP) was established in February 2011. The program was created to strengthen ACPE’s ability to assist international stakeholders who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education.
ACPE has been recognized continually by the US Department of Education since the inception of its accreditation agency recognition program in 1952 and was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in April 2004.
A PDF of the historic listing of members of the ACPE Board of Directors and executive staff is found below.
Our Mission, Vision and Values/Guiding Principles
ACPE Mission Statement
By providing accreditation services and professional development activities, ACPE assures the quality of pharmacy education and training and supports the advancement of the pharmacy profession.
ACPE Vision Statement
ACPE is the world leader in providing exemplary accreditation services to support and advance pharmacy education and the pharmacy profession.
ACPE Values/Guiding Principles
In order for the ACPE to be successful, we believe the core values include:
Guiding principles of ACPE include:
Excellence in assuring quality in pharmacy education
Commitment to continuous quality improvement
Innovation in our core businesses, knowledge creation and education
Leadership in the profession of pharmacy
Collaboration with other accreditor colleagues
Responsiveness to our constituencies
Professionalism in all work endeavors and in the image of ACPE
BYLAWS OF ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR PHARMACY EDUCATION (ACPE)
A PDF of the bylaws for ACPE is found below.