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 and Annual Report – 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:
- Charting Accreditation’s Future: ACPE Consensus Conference on Advancing Quality in Pharmacy Education (September 2012)
ACPE convened this invitational conference to engage stakeholders to advise the ACPE Board of Directors on how to ensure that the standards, guidelines, and accreditation process for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs are aligned with (1) current and future competency requirements of pharmacists and (2) evidence-based practices in assessing student learning and the quality of educational programs.
2012 Invitational Conference – Audio files and presentations
- Robert S. Beardsley, ACPE President
- Jay A. Perman, MD – President, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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
- Trudy W. Banta, EdD
Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Education, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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
Moderator: Michael A. Moné, RPh, JD, FAPhA, ACPE Secretary/Treasurer
- Diane E. Beck, PharmD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Accreditation, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida
- Melissa S. Medina, EdD
Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation, College of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma
- Sam Augustine, PharmD, FAPhA
Professor, Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University
- Kristin K. Janke, PhD
Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
- 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.
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.
Continuing Pharmaceutical Education: Guide to Establishing Quality Assured and Accredited Programs
Collaboratively developed with the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), this guidance document (with associated tools) is designed to assure the quality of CPD and advance excellence in education for the pharmacy profession through the establishment of standards and
criteria for the accreditation of CPD and CE programs for pharmacy professionals.
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.
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.
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
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.
Training webinars produced by ACPE for interested stakeholders
ACPE Staff and Board Presentations at Professional Association Meetings
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – December 2015
AACP Annual Meeting – July 2015
ACPE CPE Update
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 Technology (HIT) collaborative, CPE provider accreditation updates, and new guidelines for CPD and evolution of a certificate training program for CPD professional.
None scheduled at this time.