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ACPE’s Continuing Education Provider Accreditation Program is designed to assure pharmacists, boards of pharmacy, and other members of pharmacy’s community of interests, of the quality of continuing pharmacy education programs.
The purposes of the ACPE Continuing Education Provider Accreditation Program are to:
- Assure and advance the quality of continuing pharmacy education, thereby assisting in the advancement of the practice of pharmacy
- Provide pharmacists with a dependable basis for selecting accredited continuing education experiences
- Provide a basis for uniform acceptance of continuing education credits among the states
- Provide feedback to providers about their continuing education programs through periodic comprehensive reviews and ongoing monitoring activities with a need toward continuous improvement and strengthening
The ACPE Provider Web Tool is a secure, web-based application designed for ACPE-accredited providers to input CE activity related information for redistribution to the Pharmacists’ Learning Assistance Network (P.L.A.N.) and validation mechanism to CPE Monitor®. The provider will be able to:
- Submit and update CE activity related information
- Update contact information using the Provider Verification Form
- Obtain the ACPE logo or Plan logo
- Review accreditation history
- Request changes in an activity description form
Information to support providers’ use of the Web Tool can be accessed below:
Provider Web Tool User’s Guide – Describes how to use the ACPE Provider Web Tool. The intended audience for this document is ACPE-accredited providers.
Provider Web Tool Tutorial – This webinar program demonstrates the use of the ACPE Provider Web Tool
Provider Web Tool Quick Reference Guide
ACPE is the sole accreditation agency to accredit providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE’s directory is the only recognized directory of accredited providers of continuing pharmacy education.Many providers are involved in activities and functions other than the provision of continuing education. However, any activity for which the provider is offering continuing pharmacy credit has been developed and presented in compliance with the Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.
These providers are continually monitored for maintenance of quality and efforts toward improvement. Participants in activities sponsored by these providers are encouraged to offer their comments and suggestions regarding activities to the provider and/or ACPE. The directory includes contact information and accreditation status and history for all ACPE-accredited providers. An (I) following a provider’s name indicates that the Provider is on Inactive Status. An asterisk (*) following a provider’s name indicates that the Provider is on probation as an accredited provider by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Providers that have decided to discontinue or that their accreditation status has been withdrawn in the past three years may be found here. ACPE hereby authorizes reproduction of the following listing.
ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) have developed a continuing pharmacy education (CPE) tracking service, CPE Monitor®, that authenticates and stores data for completed CPE units received by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from ACPE-accredited providers.
To access CPE Monitor® and for tools and information for providers on how to use CPE Monitor® please see below:
CPE Frequently Asked Questions for Providers
If you have additional questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who create a profile will also be able to access and print or download a record of ACPE-accredited CPE activities for their own records, or in cases where their licensing agency requires it. If pharmacists/technicians do not create a profile, this information will not be collected on their behalf to report to the licensing board(s) as part of any CPE audit. This may have consequences efforts to maintain licensure in states where CPE compliance is required. We strongly encourage all licensees to create and maintain their CPE profiles to ensure that there are no difficulties when maintaining their pharmacist license or technician license/registration/certification.
Submitting Participant Data to ACPE
Time Allowed to Upload Information to ACPE
ACPE Webinars on the Continuing Pharmacy Education Standards
ACPE offers a number of on demand webinars on the policies and procedures as well as the twelve CPE Standards to assist you in the application process. Information and access to these webinars can be found here.
ACPE’s Self-Assessment Preparation Webinar
This webinar gives current ACPE-accredited providers a guide to assist in the compilation of their materials for submitting their self-assessment report for their comprehensive review. Information and access to this Webinar can be found here.
Comprehensive Review Forms
There are a number of forms that can support providers with their accreditation processes.
- Standard 1 – Achievement of Mission and Goals
• Click here for the 2011 CPE Conference Presentation by Tian Merren Owens and Aaron D. Reich
• 2011 CPE Conference Presentation, Strengthening the Foundation of Learning: Integrating Outcomes Assessment, by Don Moore
- Standard 3 – Continuing Pharmacy Education Activities
• Activity Types
• Guidance Document for Practice-Based Activities
- Standard 11 – Evaluation of CPE Activity
• Sample Activity Evaluation Form Questions
• Sample Activity Evaluation Forms Live and Homestudy
• Guidance for Interpreting Feedback from Activity Evaluation
- Examples and Templates – Policies & Procedures
• Policy 1.0 – CPE Administrator
• Policy 3.0 – Joint Providership
• Policy 4.0 – Monitoring
• Policy 6.0 – Record Keeping
• Policy 8.0 – Financial Resources
• Policy 13.0 – Regularly Scheduled Series
Examples and Templates for Standards and Policies
The Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education were released in 2008. All ACPE-accredited providers were reviewed by these standards by the end of 2015. Upon review of provider compliance rates, it was noted that the following Standards had less than 50% provider compliance:
•Standard 1 – Mission and Goals
•Standard 2 – Educational Needs Assessment
•Standard 12 – Achievement and Impact of Mission and Goals
The Commission reviewed each of these standards and recommended modifications based on our evaluation results and provider feedback. The suggested changes included clarifying the requirements and streamlining the requested documentation within the standards, guidance, and evaluation rubric. The ACPE Board approved the modifications at its January 2017 Board meeting. The updated Standards, Evaluation Rubric, Policies, and Procedures may be found by clicking here. The effective dates of these changes will be January 2018.
ACPE staff conducted webinars to discuss the updates on the Standards, Rubric and policies and procedures. Click here to download a copy of the webinar.
To download a copy of the ACPE Updated Standards, Rubric, and Policies Webinar Slide, please click here
To download a copy of the Flowchart for the Identification and Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest, please click here
Spring 2018 Continuing Education Administrator Workshop
Dates: April 19-20, 2018 (Registration Closed)
If you would like to add your name to the wait list please email Samantha Thorn.
ACPE’s Webinars on the CPE Standards
ACPE is committed to advancing the pharmacy profession through quality resources that offer professional development opportunities for CE professionals while strengthening provider programming. ACPE offers a number of on demand webinars on the policies and procedures as well as the twelve CPE Standards. The ACPE webinars on the Continuing Pharmacy Education Standards are designed to provide a working knowledge of the ACPE accreditation process as it relates to continuing pharmacy education, including training and activities on the ACPE Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education and Policies and Procedures. All webinar fees are non-refundable. Please click here to browse our educational offerings today!
ACPE’s Self-Assessment Preparation Webinar
The purpose of ACPE’s Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Self-Assessment Preparation Webinar is to give current ACPE-accredited providers a guide to assist in the compilation of submission materials for self-assessment reports for their comprehensive review. This webinar and the self-assessment template are subject to change by ACPE. Changes will be communicated to providers electronically. Questions about the self-assessment should be directed to ACPE staff.
Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education
Effective January 1, 2018
CPE Evaluation Form for all Standards
Effective January 1, 2018
Download Evaluation Form – All Standards – Rubric v4.0
Definition of Continuing Pharmacy Education for the Profession of Pharmacy
CPE Policies and Procedures
Joint Accreditation Standards
• Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
• Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
• American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Process for ACPE Accreditation
Accreditation is the public recognition afforded a provider of continuing pharmacy education that is judged to meet standards through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations. The ACPE accreditation process for providers of continuing pharmacy education is designed to assure pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, boards of pharmacy, and others of the quality of continuing pharmacy education activities.
There are four ways that ACPE continuing education credit may be offered by an organization:
- The organization may apply to become an ACPE-accredited provider. If accredited, the provider would follow ACPE’s policies and procedures for an ACPE-accredited provider. The application fee is $6,600.00.Click to obtain a copy of the Initial Application in a .pdf file or in a Word file.
- The organization may enter into Joint Providership with an ACPE-accredited provider to offer a CPE activity. Facts regarding Joint Providership can be found here. The organization may review the list of ACPE-accredited providers who may be available to enter into Joint Providership here. The organization may contact an ACPE-accredited provider, express its desire to conduct a CPE activity and offer ACPE credit. If the ACPE-accredited provider agrees, the organization must comply with the ACPE-accredited provider’s procedures for Joint Providership.
- If the organization seeks accreditation as a provider of continuing education for the healthcare team, it may seek Joint Accreditation.
- State Boards of Pharmacy only. State boards of pharmacy design CE activities related to their rules and regulations. ACPE offers a process whereby state boards of pharmacy may award ACPE credit for these activities and upload the credit awarded to learners into CPE Monitor®. A State Board of Pharmacy that designs, plans, and conducts CPE activities may apply for an ACPE CPE Activity Evaluation. The state board of pharmacy must be administratively and operationally responsible for coordinating all aspects of the CPE activities