International Services Program (ISP)
The ACPE ISP offers consultation, training, and professional degree program Certification to stakeholders around the world who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education. The expertise, global perspectives, staff resources, and formal processes within the ISP support international stakeholders to advance pharmacy education and quality in their respective countries. ACPE ISP was established in January 2011.
- Professor and Founding Dean of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Kingsville, TX, USA (Chair)
- Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University
Washington, DC, USA (Vice-Chair/Chair Elect)
- Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Valparaiso, Chile
- Vice President for Higher Education, National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education
- Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Executive Associate Dean, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Vice-Chancellor of JSS University, Mysore
- Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University
ISP Advisory Group (ISPAG)
Yousif Abdu Asiri, MS, PhDRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Lilian Azzopardi, BPharm (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MRPharmSMsida, Malta
Tina Penick Brock, RPh, MS, EdDSan Francisco, California, USA
Robert W. Brueggemeier, PhDColumbus, Ohio, USA
Bronwyn Clark, MClinPharm, FPSCanberra Area, Australia
Ildikó Csóka, MS, PharmD, PhDSzeged, Csongrad, Hungary
Mahama Duwiejua, BPharm, PhDKumasi, Ghana
Rosa Issel Acosta González , MSc, PhDTamaulipas, Mexico
Lorraine Horgan, BSc, MEconScDublin, Ireland
Rosalyn Cain King, BS, PharmD, MPHSilver Spring, Maryland, USA
Nahoko Kurosawa, PhDSapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Roger Lander , PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCACPBirmingham, Alabama, USA
Alan Lyles, ScD, MPH, RPhBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Arijana Meštrovic, MPharm, DrScZagreb, Croatia
Leonila M. Ocampo, RPh, MSManila, The Philippines
Tarcísio José PalhanoBrasília, Brazil
Antonio Sánchez Pozo, PhDGranada, Spain
K. Ravi, MPharm, PhD, FAGECoimbatore, India
Timothy W. Rennie, MPharm, PhD, MRPharmSWindhoek, Namibia
Chuthamanee C. Suthisisang, BPharm, PhDBangkok, Thailand
T. Thomas, BPharm, MS, PhDSubang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Fe-Lin Lin Wu, BS, MS, PhDTaipei, Taiwan
Certification of Professional Degree Program Quality
ACPE ISP Quality Criteria may be voluntarily adopted by degree programs in pharmacy outside of the United States.
Certification Quality Criteria
International Quality Criteria for Certification of Professional Degree Programs in Pharmacy
Adopted: June 23, 2016; Released: July 1, 2016
Policies and Procedures
The ACPE Board has adopted policies and procedures that apply to the Certification 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 Certification:
ACPE accepts applications for Certification 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
- Interim Reports:
Guidelines for Interim Reports During the Certification Term (July 2015 version)
Interim Report Template (August 2015)
Deadlines for Submission of Application for Certification*
- June 2017 Certification decision by the ACPE Board: application deadline has already passed
- January 2018 Certification decision by the ACPE Board: Click Here to See Sample Timeline
- June 2018 Certification decision by the ACPE Board (on-site evaluation in approximately First Quarter 2018), the following deadlines apply: Click Here to See Sample Timeline
January 2019 Certification decision by the ACPE Board (on-site evaluation in approximately Third Quarter 2018: Click Here to See Sample Timeline
The fee structure for ACPE international services and related resources are available below.
- For Estimated Total Fees for First Seven Years of Certification:
- For Estimated Fees for Future Years:
ACPE has a rich history of engagements and promoting information exchange internationally among organizations and agencies involved in the quality assurance of pharmacy education.
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 ISP Director, Mike Rouse, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Future Meetings and Presentations
- May 2017 International Commission Meeting: May 7 – 9, 2017 in Chicago, IL, USA
- November 2017 International Commission Meeting: November 12 -14, 2017 in Chicago, IL, USA
- Future Calls
- March 2017 International Commission Conference Call: March 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM Central USA Time
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
- QA systems/development of standards
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.
Download a copy of all programs outside of the United States that have received ACPE certification.
- Professional degree program certification
- Workshops and training programs
ACPE is also engaged in numerous international activities, programs, and initiatives. See ISP Collaborations.
ACPE is committed to promoting information exchange among organizations and agencies involved in the quality assurance of pharmacy education. Over the past several years, members of the ACPE staff have been active in the International Forum for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education, an initiative of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Members of staff from ACPE have participated in seventeen meetings of the Forum – Singapore (2001), Nice, France (2002), Sydney, Australia (2003), New Orleans, Louisiana (2004), Cairo, Egypt (2005), Salvador Bahia, Brazil (2006), Beijing, China (2007), Basel, Switzerland (2008), Istanbul, Turkey (2009), Lisbon, Portugal (2010), and Hyderabad, India (2011). Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012), Dublin, Ireland (2013), Thailand (2014), Germany (2016), and Argentina (2016).
ACPE’s mission is to assure and advance pharmacy education. While its primary focus and the majority of its activity and effort will always be in the USA, ACPE believes that to fulfill its mission, it also should be involved beyond its borders. ACPE acknowledges that it can contribute to and learn from experiences and initiatives in other countries. ACPE also recognizes the benefits derived from monitoring and influencing global trends and developments within the profession of pharmacy, within education generally, and in the specific areas of quality assurance and quality improvement of pharmacy education.
The objectives of the Forum are:
- To promote excellence in education for the profession of pharmacy
- To provide an international forum for information exchange, collaboration, and cooperation in the area of quality assurance of pharmacy education, both in terms of entry-to-practice degree programs, as well as post-qualification continuing pharmacy education and continuing professional development
- To facilitate and promote communication between individuals, agencies, associations, and other bodies actively involved or interested in quality assurance of pharmacy education, with a view to:
• The establishment of systems of quality assurance in countries where no such formal systems exist, and
• The continuous quality improvement of existing systems of quality assurance.
The system of accreditation used in the United States may also be different from quality assurance approaches elsewhere. ACPE is an independent, autonomous agency, and in many other countries, quality assurance is the responsibility of a governmental, professional, or regulatory body. The framework and most or all of the “core principles” contained in the standards should, however, be applicable in most environments and, if modified to meet local needs and circumstances, the ACPE standards may be able to serve as a basis for the development of country-specific standards.
ACPE’s ISP has developed international quality criteria and offers certification of professional degree programs in pharmacy outside of the USA and territories.
Michael J. Rouse, BPharm (Hons), MPS
For certain services, however, a standard fee will apply. For the current Fee Schedule, please click here.
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