Programa de Servicios Internacionales (ISP)

El Programa de Servicios Internacionales del ACPE (ISP) ofrece Acreditación-Internacional y Preacreditación-Internacional de programas de titulación profesional, asesoría y capacitación a las partes interesadas de todo el mundo, que desean orientación relacionada con la garantía de la calidad y el desarrollo de la educación farmacéutica. La experiencia del ISP, su perspectiva global, recursos humanos y procesos formales efectuados, le permiten contribuir al avance de la educación farmacéutica y al aseguramiento de la calidad en los respectivos países de quienes solicitan sus servicios. El ISP se fundó en enero de 2011.

Revision of the International-Accreditation Quality Criteria

The ACPE Board of Directors, International Commission, and International Services Program (ISP) Staff are beginning work on the first major revision of the Quality Criteria (standards), which will be adopted later as the International-Accreditation Quality Criteria. To view the full full process and timeline for the revision, please click here.

To initiate the public comment process, ACPE is issuing a “Call for Comments” to stakeholders. All stakeholders are welcomed to provide comments, suggestions, and edits. A link to a survey instrument, which is organized by the 26 Quality Criteria, can be accessed here.

To view a list of all programs outside of the United States that have been granted Certification Status by ACPE, please click one of the following buttons.

International Commission

  • Sherief Khalifa, PhD

    Professor and Vice Chancellor for Quality & Institutional Effectiveness, Dean, College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University, UAE, and Professor of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Suez Canal University, Egypt
    Ajman, UAE (Chair)
  • Donald E. Letendre, BSPh, PharmD, FASHP

    Dean and Professor, University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy
    Iowa City, Iowa, USA (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect)
  • Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, PhD

    Professor of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics and Associate Dean of Research at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences; Member of the Board of Trustees at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation 
    Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Abdullah M. Alhammad, BSc, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

    Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Jannet M. Carmichael, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA

    President of Pharm Consult NV, LLC
    Reno, Nevada, USA
  • Michael Katz, PharmD

    Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Sciences, and Director, International Programs and Residency Programs, University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy 
    Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Shailendra Saraf, MPharm, PhD

    Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. (NIPER)
    Ahmedabad, India
  • Jenelle Sobotka, PharmD, FAPhA

    Professor and Director, Online Certificate and Masters Programs in Pharmacy Leadership, University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

ISP Advisory Group (ISPAG): 2022 – 2023 Term

  • Lilian Azzopardi, BPharm (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MRPharmS, FFIP

    Msida, Malta
  • Tina Penick Brock, RPh, MS, EdD

    Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Rula M. Darwish, PhD

    Amman, Jordan
  • Rümeysa Demirdamar, PhD

    Lefke, Northern Cyprus
  • Nettie Dzabala, MSc Pharm

    Blantyre, Malawi
  • Lamia El Wakeel, PhD

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Manohar D. Karvekar, PhD, MPharm

    Bangalore, India
  • Beom-Jin Lee, PhD

    Yeongtong-Gu, Suwon, South Korea
  • Silvana Nair Leite, PhD

    Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Arijana Meštrovic, MPharm, DrSc

    Zagreb, Croatia
  • Imelda G. Peña, RPh, DrPH

    Manila, Philippines
  • Antonio Sánchez Pozo, PhD

    Granada, Spain
  • Mohamad Rahal, PhD

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • P.T. Thomas, BPharm, MS, PhD

    Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Daisy Volmer, PhD

    Tartu, Estonia

International-Accreditation of Professional Degree Programs

ACPE ISP Quality Criteria may be voluntarily adopted by degree programs in pharmacy outside of the United States.

International-Accreditation Quality Criteria

Quality Criteria for International-Accreditation of Professional Degree Programs in Pharmacy
Adopted: June 17, 2022; Released: January 1, 2023


Glossary For ISP International-Accreditation and International-Preaccreditation Documents

Policies and Procedures

The ACPE Board has adopted policies and procedures that apply to the International-Accreditation and International-Preaccreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy that are based outside the United States of America (USA) and its territories; namely, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

Application for International-Accreditation:

ACPE accepts applications for International-Accreditation for programs that are a minimum of four academic years in length. A summary of the steps in the application process and associated documentation, forms, flowcharts, and timelines are available for download.


Forms and Templates

Deadlines for Submission of Application for International-Accreditation*

Application for International-Preaccreditation:

ACPE accepts applications for International-Preaccreditation for programs that are a minimum of four academic years in length. A summary of the steps in the application process and associated documentation, forms, flowcharts, and timelines are available for download.


Forms and Templates

Deadlines for Submission of Application for International-Preaccreditation


The fee structure for ACPE international services and related resources are available below.

ACPE has a rich history of engagements and promoting information exchange internationally among organizations and agencies involved in the quality assurance of pharmacy education.

On April 11, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions (AQACHEI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Both organizations agreed to cooperate and collaborate to advance the quality of pharmacy education internationally in accordance with their respective missions, visions, and goals.
Effective February 1, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and agreed to regularly communicate, share, and exchange information regarding accreditation criteria, system policies, standards, guidelines, manuals, tools, and publications.
Effective February 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). ACPE and CCAPP agreed to exchange information related to activities undertaken, trends, developments, and advances in pharmacy education in their respective countries.
On November 15, 2014, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Canadian Council on Continuing Education In Pharmacy (CCCEP) consented to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) so that both organizations could study their respective quality assurance systems, policies and procedures, and the pharmacy education and training in their respective areas of operation.
Effective July 1, 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was endorsed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA). CAA agreed to accept ACPE as one of the preferred international agencies for the international recognition of United Arab Emirates (UAE) college and university pharmacy programs. ACPE agreed to make its resource pool of appropriately qualified reviewers for the evaluation and assessment of UAE pharmacy degree programs available to CAA.

On December 7, 2020, ACPE and CAA held a virtual signing ceremony to renew the MOU. To view a clip of the ceremony, click here.

On July 21, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG) signed a Memorandum of Affiliation (MOA) to signify their respective commitments to the seven international quality principles of CIQG. As part of the MOA, ACPE agrees to promote these Principles, work with other higher education stakeholders to promote a shared understanding of quality based on the seven Principles, share information regularly on the promotion and implementation of the Principles and engage, when feasible, in joint activities with a view to sharing effective policies and practices in areas of common interest.
On July 1, 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Conférence Internationale des Doyens de Pharmacie d’Expression Francaise (CIDPHARMEF). Both ACPE and CIDPHARMEF acknowledged to communicate, cooperate, and explore opportunities in the international arena.
Effective September 1, 2020, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (IACP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU marks the collaboration between ACPE and IACP to achieve combined goals of standardizing and advancing the quality of pharmacy education internationally.
Effective September 12, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) mutually agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). ACPE and FIP will strive to cooperate and collaborate in order to facilitate information exchange and convene, at least annually, to discuss current and future collaborations.
Effective January 22, 2020, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the Knowledge E DMCC mutually agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). ACPE and Knowledge E agreed to collaborate in organizing various training, conferences, and other educational programs and events.

On July 13, 2021, ACPE renewed its MOU with Knowledge E.

Effective March 27, 2019, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the Korean Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (KACPE) mutually agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). ACPE and KACPE consented to regularly communicate, share, and exchange information regarding quality assurance systems, policies and procedures, and the pharmacy education/training in their respective countries.
In the past several years, ACPE’s International Services Program has collaborated with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. Initially, ACPE conducted a survey of pharmacy education, regulation and practice issues in low- and middle-income countries identified by MSH. The survey prompted a project in which ACPE representatives traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo for a consultative visit to the University of Kinshasa, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FOPS). After the visit, ACPE produced a report titled “Recommendations for Advancing Pharmacy Education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” ACPE was also asked to provide an additional consultation for the University of Kinshasa FOPS to draft the strategic plan for the curriculum, including the desired graduate competencies and the curricular content.

In addition, ACPE was contracted by MSH to develop a report on quality assurance of continuing education and continuing professional development. The report was entitled “Continuing Pharmaceutical Education: Guide to Establishing Quality Assured and Accredited Programs.”

Effective July 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE). Both organizations agreed to collaborate, cooperate, and regularly communicate with each other regarding their activities in their respective areas of operation.
Effective February 1, 2018, the ACPE Board of Directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the National Center for Academic Accreditation and evAluation (NCAAA). Both organizations agreed to cooperate and collaborate to advance the quality of pharmacy education internationally in accordance with their respective missions, visions, and goals.
Effective February 1, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). ACPE and PSI accepted to explore opportunities for collaboration in international activities and to cooperate in any other manner as mutually agreed.


Hosting International Visitors

ACPE has hosted visitors from around the world, and has provided assistance to many countries in their efforts to establish or develop their own quality assurance systems for pharmacy education. If you are interested in visiting ACPE, please e-mail the ISP Department at [email protected].


ACPE offers consultation in a broad range of areas related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education, including:

  • Professional degree programs in pharmacy
  • Continuing pharmacy education/continuing professional development
  • In-service training
  • Credentialing
  • QA systems/development of standards
Consultation may also be provided in broader areas of care delivery and pharmacy practice. ACPE engages appropriate experts from the United States and other countries for each consultation.


ACPE offers and conducts training and workshops on topics such as preparation of self-studies, evaluator training, assessment, curricular development, continuing professional development, and standards development. Training programs may also be customized to meet the needs of global stakeholders.

The SMART Pharmacist Program is a sustainable, evidence-based educational initiative, designed for national professional institutions, associations, and chambers to foster changes in the pharmacy profession. To learn more, visit the SMART Pharmacist Program website:



Partners of the SMART Pharmacist Program: In this very unusual and unpredictable time of pandemic, we would like to connect with all of you, in different countries, all over the World and express our support.

We would also like to recognize and thank our SMART Pharmacists who are serving patients at the front line. We have prepared a short video message that we would like to ask you to forward to all of them to keep the motivation and sustainability of the Program.

Yours truly,
Arijana Mestrovic and Mike Rouse

La Acreditación Internacional o la Acreditación Internacional Provisional NO elude los requisitos establecidos por la NABP para los graduados extranjeros. Para más aclaraciones, dirija sus preguntas a la NABP: Teléfono: +1 847 391 4406; E-mail: [email protected]; Página web:
El ACPE sí ofrece acreditación a proveedores de educación continuada (EC) de farmacia fuera de los Estados Unidos. El ACPE no acredita actividades individuales de EC, aunque si lo hace a través de algunos de sus proveedores acreditados bajo el denominado “Proveedor Conjunto”. De esta manera ACPE ha concedido acreditación de reuniones y simposios de conferencias en otros países. Para más detalles, haga clic aquí.
El ACPE no acredita los programas de titulación de facultades de Farmacia en Canadá. Esta tarea está a cargo del Consejo Canadiense para la Acreditación de Programas de Farmacia (CCAPP), El ACPE colabora estrechamente con su contraparte canadiense, de hecho, los actuales estándares desarrollados por el CCAPP para los programas de titulación para la licenciatura en farmacia se basaron en los estándares del ACPE para el PharmD.
Habitualmente, el ACPE recibe solicitudes de asistencia de países que desean desarrollar o mejorar sus propios sistemas para el aseguramiento de la calidad de la educación farmacéutica, tanto para programas de titulación como para la educación farmacéutica continuada. El ACPE provee apoyo y orientación a nivel internacional en las siguientes áreas:

  • Acreditación-Internacional/Preacreditación-Internacional de Programas de Titulación Profesional
  • Consultorías/Asesorías
  • Talleres y Programas de Capacitación

El ACPE también se encuentra involucrado en un gran número de actividades, programas e iniciativas internacionales. Ver Colaboraciones ISP.

El ACPE está comprometido con la promoción del intercambio de información entre organizaciones y agencias implicadas en la garantía de la calidad de la educación farmacéutica. Durante los últimos años, representantes del ACPE han colaborado activamente en el Foro Internacional para la Garantía de la Calidad de la Educación Farmacéutica, una iniciativa de la Federación Farmacéutica Internacional (FIP), participando además en varias reuniones del Foro.

La misión del ACPE es asegurar y promocionar el desarrollo de la educación farmacéutica. Aunque su foco primordial y la mayor parte de sus actividades y esfuerzos siempre se centrarán en los Estados Unidos, el ACPE considera que con el fin de cumplir con su misión debe involucrarse más allá de sus fronteras. Asimismo, reconoce que puede contribuir a y aprender de experiencias e iniciativas en otros países, como también reconoce los beneficios derivados de su supervisión y de su influencia sobre las tendencias globales y en el desarrollo de la profesión farmacéutica, en el marco educativo en general y en las áreas específicas de aseguramiento y mejora de la calidad de la educación farmacéutica.[/fusion_li_item] [/fusion_checklist]

Los estándares de acreditación del ACPE poseen derechos de autor. Cualquiera que desee adoptar o adaptar sus estándares debe contactarse con el ACPE para que tome conocimiento de tales iniciativas y evaluar la posibilidad de asesoramiento. Sin embargo, es necesario destacar que los estándares del ACPE han sido desarrollados según los sistemas estadounidenses de educación y atención sanitaria. Las competencias logradas y sobre las que se basan los estándares establecidos, reflejan el nivel y alcances de la práctica requeridos para los farmacéuticos en los Estados Unidos, con una filosofía de práctica centrada en el paciente. En consecuencia, es posible que estos estándares no se traduzcan íntegra y directamente, en aquellos que pudieran ser los adecuados en otros países.

El sistema de acreditación utilizado en los Estados Unidos podría también ser diferente de los enfoques de aseguramiento de la calidad en otros lugares. El ACPE es una agencia independiente y autónoma, y en muchos países la garantía de la calidad es responsabilidad de organismos gubernamentales, profesionales o regulatorios. El marco de referencia y todos o la mayoría de los “principios básicos” contenidos en estos estándares deberían no obstante, ser aplicables en la mayor parte de los entornos. En caso de ser modificados para satisfacer las necesidades y circunstancias locales, los estándares del ACPE pueden servir como base para el desarrollo de estándares específicos de cada país.

El ISP del ACPE ha desarrollado los Criterios Internacionales de Calidad y ofrece Acreditación Internacional de Programas de Titulación Profesional de Farmacia Fuera de Estados Unidos y sus eTrritorios.

No. La factibilidad, viabilidad e impacto del establecimiento del ISP fueron estudiados profunda y cuidadosamente por la Junta Directiva del ACPE. El ISP ha sido diseñado y establecido como un programa auto sustentable y no utiliza recursos de otras actividades principales del ACPE. La Junta del ACPE está comprometida en asegurar que el ISP contribuya significativamente al avance de la misión del ACPE tanto dentro de Estados Unidos como a nivel internacional.
Para mayor información sobre el ISP y la diversidad de servicios ofrecidos, por favor contactarse con:

Michael J. Rouse, BPharm (Hons), MPS, FFIP
[email protected]

Debido a la variedad de servicios ofrecidos, las necesidades específicas de los interesados y la variabilidad de los gastos directos asociados con la provisión de los servicios en diferentes locaciones geográficas, las tarifas varían según cada caso particular. Los interesados deberán presentar una Solicitud de Propuesta (RFP) detallada indicando el tipo de servicios requeridos y los productos finales. Posteriormente, se establecerá un contrato, incluyendo las tarifas y otros términos específicos.
Sin embargo, en el caso de algunos servicios se aplicará una tarifa estándar. Consulte la actual Tabla de Tarifas haga aquí.
El propósito primordial de la Acreditación-Internacional/Preacreditación-Internacional es apoyar a las facultades y unidades académicas de Farmacia a mejorar la calidad de sus programas de titulación. Mediante un proceso estructurado, validado, revisado por pares y basado en estándares, la Acreditación-Internacional proporciona una evaluación detallada del programa de titulación y de la facultad/unidad académica de Farmacia. La Acreditación-Internacional/Preacreditación-Internacional puede ser utilizada para diferenciar entre aquellos programas de titulación que han demostrado el cumplimiento de estándares de reconocimiento internacional y compromiso con la mejora continua de la calidad y los que no han demostrado dicho cumplimiento y compromiso con la calidad.
El ACPE no tiene conocimiento si y cómo otras entidades/organizaciones pudieran reconocer su Acreditación-Internacional/Preacreditación-Internacional, por lo tanto, quienes requieran mayor claridad al respecto se deberán contactar con correspondiente entidad/organización.


ACPE has an obligation to assure that any program that holds an International-Accreditation Status remains compliant with the Quality Criteria or is making progress towards achieving compliance at an appropriate pace, and that the School conducts its affairs with impartiality, non-discrimination, honesty, and frankness.

Complaints from Institutions, students, academic staff, or the public against a Professional Degree Program with International-Accreditation Status or Institution housing a Professional Degree Program with International-Accreditation Status must be based upon the fact that such Program or Institution is not in compliance with Quality Criterion/Criteria or is not making progress towards achieving compliance at the appropriate pace, or is not in compliance with the International-Accreditation and International-Preaccreditation Policies and Procedures, as established, from time to time, by ACPE.

Complaints must be submitted in writing to the ACPE office, must provide a detailed description of the complaint and its relation to Quality Criteria or the International-Accreditation Policies and Procedures, and must provide direct contact information of the complainant(s). Requests for confidentiality by the complainant shall be respected to the extent that any identifying information is not necessary for the resolution of the complaint.

Anonymous complaints pertaining to International-Accreditation matters are retained and, depending on circumstances and the severity of the complaint as determined by the ACPE Executive Director, may be forwarded to the Dean of the affected Professional Degree Program for a response.  Where a complainant has threatened or filed legal action in a court of law or before a governmental agency against a Program or Institution housing said Program, ACPE reserves the right to hold such complaint in abeyance until after the later of a final judgment by a court of law or governmental agency or finalization of any appeal of such judgment.

ACPE will proceed expeditiously in the investigation and resolution of complaints in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties. The Executive Director, or his/her designate, shall have the authority to: (i) review the complaint in order to determine relevance to the Quality Criteria, policies, or procedures; (ii)   dismiss a complaint if it is determined that such complaint has no merit or is outside the scope of ACPE International-Accreditation activities; (iii) forward relevant complaints to the Dean of the school for a response to ACPE;  and (iv) conduct any further investigation deemed necessary to promptly determine the facts surrounding the issue and the validity of the complaint. ACPE shall diligently investigate and resolve complaints in a timely manner, taking into consideration all parties involved, the severity and complexity of the allegations, and pursuant to any legal obligations.

If, on the basis of such investigation, after notice to the school and opportunity for response from the School, the Executive Director finds a complaint to be extremely serious in nature, charging egregious conduct that may warrant an Adverse  Action by ACPE, or involve an interpretation that the Executive Director believes should be made by the Board, the complaint will be submitted to the Board for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  Where the Board finds that a Program or School has violated the Quality Criteria, engaged in unethical conduct, or that its integrity has been seriously undermined, the Board will either:

(a) request that the School show cause, within a stated time period, as to why an Adverse Action should not be taken; or

(b) in extreme cases, immediately discontinue its relationship with the Program by denying International-Accreditation or International-Preaccreditation or withdrawing the offending Program’s International-Accreditation Status.

A record of complaints regarding a specific School or Program is maintained in perpetuity at the ACPE office for future consideration.  The complaint file will be reviewed by Staff members as a component of the evaluation visit process.  Evaluation teams will be informed regarding any open complaints against the Program under review.  Information provided to the evaluation team will include the following for any open complaint: (1) the nature of each complaint; (2) the process used to review the complaint; and (3) the status of the complaint.  Any complaints received since the prior evaluation visit and the related investigative materials will be provided to the members of the International Commission and Board as a component of the review process.

For more details regarding ACPE’s Complaints Policy and Procedures, please visit the relevant section of the International Services Program Policies and Procedures manual.

If you wish to file a complaint, please complete the ACPE Complaint Form found here.

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