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

On September 6, 2011 the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. These two organizations agreed to develop a working relationship with the goal of creating a new entity responsible for the creation, management, and maintenance of the process leading to the use of consensus-based standards for pharmacy practice accreditation and assisting in the protection of public health. In December 2012, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) signed the owners’ agreement, which established the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) as a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization.

Our partner organizations have engaged in widespread efforts to optimize medication use.