The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a partnership established by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to oversee accreditation of pharmacy practice sites.

CPPA develops and implements comprehensive programs of pharmacy practice site accreditation and manages the process leading to the use of consensus-based standards for pharmacy practice accreditation.  CPPA accredits those pharmacy practices that meet the accreditation criteria.

The mission of CPPA is to serve the public health by raising the level of pharmacy delivered patient care services through accreditation of the pharmacy practice. CPPA exists to fulfill a promise to patients for high quality, safe, and efficient pharmacy care.

Recognizing that the breadth and complexity of the medication-use process calls for a more detailed level of focus to ensure consistent quality outcomes, there is a need for a single integrated accreditation body within the pharmacy profession, with strong medication-use knowledge and experience to identify and sustain these improvements.

CPPA provides a patient-centered, comprehensive approach to accrediting the medication-use process in various health care settings. Our first goal is to accredit community pharmacies and expand efforts to accredit other practice sites to ensure a continuum of care that focuses on the patient’s complete therapy from start to finish. These may include: Specialty Pharmacy, Acute Care Medication Use Processes, and Ambulatory Care (Clinic and Home Care)


The accreditation program is conducted by CPPA and CPPA makes determinations regarding interpretation and application of standards and an applicant's compliance with standards. The CPPA Board of Directors sets forth the policies governing the accreditation program and procedures for seeking accreditation.