ACPE is the national agency for accreditation in pharmacy education in the United States and U.S. territories. ACPE sets standards for assuring and advancing quality in the education and continuing education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. ACPE’s work extends collaboratively to include pharmacy technician education programs and reaches around the world through the quality certification of programs outside of the United States and territories.

ACPE communicates with stakeholders through a variety of media and venues. Recent proceedings, reports, newsletters, press releases, presentations, and webinars are available for public access:

ACPE Report of Proceedings – Board of Directors

Proceedings of ACPE Board of Directors Meetings are published twice a year within 30 days of the end of each meeting. Board meetings are held in January and June each year.

Invitational Conference Proceedings

In collaboration with a broad array of leaders in pharmacy, health care, academia, continuing professional education, and policy, ACPE periodically conducts invitational stakeholder conferences to engage stakeholders in discussions to provide insight into changing trends in healthcare and necessary evolution of accreditation standards for professional degree programs, continuing education providers, and pharmacy technician education. Information and proceedings are available below:

2012 Invitational Conference – Audio files and presentations

Reactor Panel: Perspectives on Current and Future Competency Requirements of Pharmacists 

Moderator:  Victoria F. Roche


  • Carmen A. Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh
    Executive Director, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • Steven W. Gray, PharmD, JD
    Pharmacy Professional Affairs Leader, Kaiser Permanente, California
  • Nimesh Jhaveri, BS Pharmacy, MBA
    Executive Director, Pharmacy Services, Walgreens
  • Tom Menighan, BS Pharmacy, MBA, ScD
    Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Pharmacists Association
  • Daniel C. Robinson, PharmD
    Dean, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Lori J. Golterman, PharmD
    Clinical Specialist and National Director of Residency Programs
    Pharmacy Benefits Management, Veterans Health Administration
Panel Discussion: Innovations in Assessment and Accountability in Educational Programs in Other Health Professions

Moderator: Heidi M. Anderson, PhD, FAPhA


  • Barbara Barzansky, PhD
    Director, Division of Undergraduate Medical Education
    Secretary, Liaison Committee on Medical Education, American Medical Association
  • Heidi Taylor, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor of Nursing, West Texas A & M University
  • Mary Jane Harris, PT, MS
    Director, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
Panel Discussion: Innovations in Assessment and Quality Improvement in Pharmacy Education—Classroom Teaching, Distance Learning, and Experiential Education

Moderator: Michael A. Moné, RPh, JD, FAPhA, ACPE Secretary/Treasurer


  • Listening and Taking Action: ACPE’s Next Steps

    Robert S. Beardsley, RPh, PhD, ACPE President
    Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), BCPS, FCCP, ACPE Executive Director

  • 40 Years Later: Current and Future Opportunities and Challenges in Continuing Pharmacy Education. Conference Proceedings.
    Convened October 29-30, 2015 to ensure that accredited Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will be well-aligned with the future, evolving needs of the profession of pharmacy.

Special Reports

ACPE collaborates with stakeholders to discuss the evolving areas of contemporary pharmacy practice and outline competencies required by pharmacists to enter practice in these areas.

  • AMCP-ACPE Task Force Report 2012
    Collaboratively developed with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, this report describes the educational competencies required for pharmacists to enter pharmacy practice in managed care organizations.
  • NACDS Foundation-NCPA-ACPE Task Force
    Collaboratively developed with the National Community Pharmacy Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, this report describes the educational competencies required for pharmacists to enter pharmacy practice in community pharmacies.
  • ASHP-ACPE Task Force
    collaboratively developed with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy, this report describes the educational competencies required for pharmacists to enter pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.
  • ASHP-ACPE Task Force
    collaboratively developed with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy, this report describes the educational competencies required for pharmacists to enter pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.

ACPE Update Newsletter

CPD Newsletters

CPE Provider e-Update

The CPE Provider e-update is an electronic newsletter with news and updates from the ACPE staff and CPE Commission for accredited CPE providers.

ACPE Tech Times

ACPE ISP Newsletter

The ACPE International Services Program Newsletter is published twice a year to communicate updates and information about ISP activities, programs and leaders with stakeholders around the world who share an interest in assuring quality in pharmacy education globally.

Past Two Years


  • ACPE ACPE Open Forum on Draft Standards 2016 to be held at NABP Annual Meeting
  • ACPE Open Forums on Draft Standards 2016 to be held at American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting
  • ACPE Announces New Officers and Appointments for the International Commission and Program
  • ACPE to Hold Open Forum on Draft Standards 2016 at American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Interim Meeting
  • ACPE Releases Draft Standards 2016
  • ACPE Elects Executive Committee and Board Liaisons for 2014-2015
  • ACPE Updates Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
  • ACPE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CIDPHARMEF
  • Alliance for CEhp and ACPE Announce Collaboration to Foster Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • ACPE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland to Advance the Quality of Global Pharmacy Education
  • ACPE Grants First International Program Certification
  • Outcomes of ACPE Stakeholder Conference Are Publicly Available
  • Vlasses Named to National Advisory Council of the National Center of Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • ACPE Announces Elected Leaders and Commission Appointments for 2013-2014
  • ACPE Engages Stakeholders on Accreditation Standards and Required Competencies in Pharmacy Practice
  • ACPE Releases Quality Criteria for Certification ofInternational Professional Degree Programs in Pharmacy
  • New Assessment Concludes That Increase in Pharmacy Programs Has Not Affected Educational Quality
  • AFPE to Support ACPE Invitational Conference
  • ACPE Awarded Grant From the Community Pharmacy Foundation
  • ACPE Installs New Members of Board of Directors
  • ACPE Announces Launch of CPE Monitor
  • ACPE Appoints Officers for International Commission and Selects ISP Advisory Group
  • ACPE Announces Officers for 2012-2013
  • ACPE Announces Partnership with MSH
  • ACPE Releases Standards 2007 Guidelines 2.0
  • ACPE Announces Officers for 2011-2012
  • ACPE Establishes International Services Program
  • ACPE Partners with Medicine and Nursing to Award Joint CE Accreditation
  • ACPE Presents to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Continuing Pharmacist Education (CPE) Options for Providing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) Education
  • National Pharmacy Organizations Announce Launch of Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative

Training Webinars

Training webinars produced by ACPE for interested stakeholders

ACPE Staff and Board Presentations at Professional Association Meetings

ACPE 2016 ASHP Midyear Presentation

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – December 2015

AACP Annual Meeting – July 2015

Training Webinars


CPE Update webinar (April 2015) for CPE providers. This webinar provides an overview of the new PharmD program accreditation standards, update on the Health Information Technnology (HIT) collaborative, CPE provider accreditation updates, and new guidelines for CPD and evolution of a certificate training program for CPD professional.

ISP Webinar

To learn more about ISP’s history, structure, services and current activities outside the USA, sign up for the following webinar:
April 3, 2017 – 8:00 – 9:30 AM Central Standard Time