Originally published in the February 2012 NABP Newsletter
NABP is partnering with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to develop the voluntary community pharmacy accreditation program. The associations are working together to develop, test, and implement standards and the accreditation process, and the program is expected to launch this year. The program standards will be focused on assisting pharmacies in the ongoing patient safety and quality initiatives that support the best interest of patients.
Further, both APhA and NABP see the developing community pharmacy accreditation program as supporting the realization of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ (JCPP) 2015 Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice, which envisions that “Pharmacists will be the health care professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.” The NABP 2011 Report of the Executive Committee, presented by 2010-2011 NABP Executive Committee Chairperson Gary A. Schnabel, RN, RPh, at the Association’s 107th Annual Meeting, stressed that the change in pharmacy practice envisioned in the JCPP statement “can be realized with the community pharmacy accreditation program.”