The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has released two documents that provide guidance and support for continuing pharmacy education (CPE) and continuing professional development (CPD). The two documents, approved by the ACPE board of directors, are:
- The revised Definition of Continuing Education for the Profession of Pharmacy (PDF), which defines the quality of CPE required by ACPE and the competencies required for CPE activity content. The Definition document will assist providers of CPE in planning activities that will be applicable to the professional development of pharmacists and CPhTs.
- The Guidance on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Profession of Pharmacy(PDF) incorporates feedback from a broad survey of the pharmacy profession that was conducted in July 2014. The Guidance document provides details on the learning activities that may contribute to the professional development of both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians beyond CPE, and also “provides a process for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to meet and maintain defined competencies in areas relevant to their respective professional responsibilities.”
Additional information on the new definition and guidance documents is available in a press release on the ACPE website.