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International Collaboration

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

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS Program)

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)

The Conférence internationale des doyens de pharmacie d’expression francaise (CIDPHARMEF)

Australian Council for Pharmacy (APC)

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)

Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education (GAPE)

Hosting International Visitors

Memorandums of Understanding

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Management Sciences for Health
ACPE is engaged in a partnership with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in a 5-year initiative – Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program – funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Through this award, ACPE will engage in assessing pharmacy education and training in a number of developing countries.

The funding is granted as part of a cooperative agreement for USAID’s SIAPS program. The goal of SIAPS is to assure the availability and effectiveness of quality pharmaceutical products and services in order to achieve desired health outcomes. The program, which launched in 2011, aims to promote and utilize a systems-strengthening approach through a guiding framework that includes five health-systems building blocks: governance, human resources, information, financing, and service delivery, with a sixth, medical products, serving as an overlay to assure a coordinated systems approach.

Through this partnership, ACPE will be responsible for:
  • Evaluating pharmacy education in selected developing countries for both pre-service education and in-service training.
  • Assessing the degree to which academic and training institutions have incorporated the principles of pharmaceutical management.
  • Establishing a framework and strategic approach for quality assurance of pharmacy training and education.
  • Developing models to establish or strengthen formalized bodies of accreditation for pharmacy education and training in the selected countries.
  • Assessing the quality of pharmacy education and training to support pharmaceutical services delivery in the selected countries.
In addition to ACPE, MSH’s other core partners include: Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Logistics Management Institute, and the University of Washington Department of Global Health. Joining MSH as specialized resource partners for SIAPS are the African Medical and Research Foundation, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, Research for Development, RTT Group, VillageReach, and William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. More information about the work of MSH can be obtained from the MSH website.

Another project ACPE is involved in with MSH is the “Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems” (SPS). The SPS Program is to build capacity within resource-limited countries to effectively manage pharmaceutical systems, successfully implement USAID priority services, and ultimately save lives and protect the public's health by improving access to and use of medicines of assured quality.

Poverty, lack of economic productivity and opportunity, and social and political upheaval all contribute to inadequate access to life-saving medicines in developing countries, and the burden falls mainly on susceptible members of society. Over the past few years, however, the international aid community has recognized and is addressing the need to address inequalities with unprecedented new funding, in large part directed to the purchase of essential medicines and health-related supplies. However, the health systems of many resource-limited countries lack infrastructure, management systems, information technology, and experienced staff.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
ACPE is a member of The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). FIP represents both pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide. The organization educates and advocates on behalf of the role of the pharmacist in the provision of healthcare, while maintaining its grounding in the pharmaceutical sciences. Since 2001, members of the ACPE staff have been active in the International Forum for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education, an initiative convened by FIP Education Initiatives (FIP-Ed) and Education Development Team.

Building on the success of the action plan implemented by the FIP-WHO-UNESCO Pharmacy Education Taskforce, the domains of activity will continue to move forward and to grow sustainably through FIP-Ed. FIP-Ed is working to stimulate transformational change in pharmaceutical education and engender the development of science and practice, towards meeting present and future societal and workforce needs around the world. FIP-Ed is advocating for the use of needs-based strategies where pharmacy education is socially accountable, where practice and science are evidence-based and practitioners have the required competencies to provide the needed services to their communities. More information about the work of FIP-Ed can be obtained from the FIP website.

In addition, ACPE and FIP have signed an MOU in December of 2012. FIP and ACPE will each strive to cooperate and collaborate withthe other to advance the quality of pharmacy education in accordance with their respective missions, visions and goals. ACPE has recently participated at the FIP Congresses in Amsterdam and Dublin in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
ACPE updated its MOU with CCAPP in November of 2013. ACPE's assistance was sought when CCAPP was established in 1993, and the original Canadian standards for the entry-level baccalaureate pharmacy degree were based on ACPE's PharmD standards ("Standards 2000"). The organizations will continue to share best practices in accreditation, and exchange information regarding trends and advances in pharmacy education. New areas of collaboration include inter-professional education, education and training of pharmacy technicians, and international activities.

The Conférence internationale des doyens de pharmacie d’expression francaise (CIDPHARMEF)
ACPE has established a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Conférence internationale des doyens de pharmacie d’expression francaise (CIDPHARMEF) to cooperate and collaborate to advance the quality of pharmacy education internationally in accordance with their respective missions, visions, and goals.

Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)
Through an MOU between the two organizations, ACPE and APC will engage in regular communication and information exchange regarding accreditation criteria, policies, procedures and other operational tools and resources. Leaders within both organizations will also study each other’s accreditation systems and processes through observation and/or participation in board meetings and accreditation and certification site visits.

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)
ACPE has an MOU in place with PSI, and ACPE has provided training for the on-site evaluators of the organization. The partnership strengthens ACPE’s ability to learn from and share ideas and resources with PSI.

Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education (GAPE)
ACPE has entered into a formal partnership with the Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education (GAPE) to advance the quality of pharmacy education worldwide. GAPE members include the national associations of pharmacy educators, regional networks of pharmacy schools and other important stakeholders that are committed to maximizing the contributions of pharmacy education to advance pharmacy practice globally.

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. These countries include Canada, China, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, and South Korea. If you are interested in visiting ACPE, please email ISP Director, Mike Rouse, at mrouse@acpe-accredit.org

Memorandums of Understanding

Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)
September 2012
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Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
November 2013
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The Conférence internationale des doyens de pharmacie d’expression francaise (CIDPHARMEF)
November, 2013
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Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education (GAPE)
September 10, 2012
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International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
December 2012

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)
November 2013
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ACPE Partners with GAPE to Advance the Quality of Pharmacy Education Globally
September 10, 2012
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ACPE to Collaborate with the Australian Pharmacy Council
September 10, 2012
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