Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education.
ACPE’s International Services Program (ISP) was established in February 2011. It was created to strengthen ACPE’s ability to assist international stakeholders who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education. ACPE had experienced a steady and growing demand from global stakeholders, including governments, professional organizations, quality assurance bodies, and colleges and schools of pharmacy, in this regard. Although ACPE had been providing some of these services on an ad hoc basis for nearly 20 years, the creation of ISP provided a formal structure to enable ACPE to efficiently and effectively respond to these requests for guidance. ISP offers certification to pharmacy degree programs based outside the United States, and provides consultancy and training upon request. ISP has an International Commission (IC) and an Internal Services Program Advisory Group (ISPAG) that operate in advisory capacities to the ACPE Board of Directors and Staff on issues related to international activities. For a historic listing of members of the International Commission and the ACPE Staff responsible for managing the activities of the ISP, please click here
ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose Board of Directors is derived through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) (three appointments each), and the American Council on Education (ACE) (one appointment).