Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation: Is Accreditation Right for Your Practice?

The Journal, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin

Original Contributions by Bryant Schobert, PharmD, Katie Schroeder, PharmD, and Marv Moore, PharmD

March/April 2015

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is now offering an accreditation program for community pharmacies. We recently finished this accreditation process at The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Two Rivers and are the third pharmacy in the nation to become accredited (with three more currently in the process). We wanted to share the process and what to expect for other pharmacies in Wisconsin interested in learning more about community pharmacy accreditation.

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CPPA Helping Ambulatory Care Pharmacies Demonstrate Value

ASHP Intersections - February 25, 2015

The issue of pharmacist creditatiling and privileging continues to grow in the national consciousness as pharmacists seek to differentiate their skill sets in a crowded workplace. But how can the more than 60,000 outpatient pharmacy practices in clinics, health systems, and community settings demonstrate their own excellence in patient care?

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New CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation Program Accepting Applications

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) today announced the launch of a new accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices. The application for accreditation and the newly approved specialty pharmacy accreditation standards are available at

View the CPPA Press Release: New CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation Program Accepting Application.pdf

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Changing health care world impacts pharmacist's role, responsibilities

Houston Chronicle (

By Valerie Sweeten, Jobs Correspondent

The changing world of pharmacies is impacting the role of a pharmacist and their duties, making the job ever more challenging and diverse. Traditional community pharmacy settings still provide a home for pharmacists, but new opportunities continue to grow with hospitals and clinics.

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Pharmacy Forecast 2015-2019: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hosptials and Health Systems


Half of FPs said it is at least somewhat likely that 10% of health-system outpatient pharmacy departments will be accredited by the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) by 2019 (item 8). CPPA accreditation has the potential for ensuring patients and payers that recognized pharmacies are well qualified to provide drug therapy management and other patient care services.  CPPA standards for community pharmacy pracgtice are applicable to outpatient pharmacies, and a standard for specialty pharmacies is under development (

1. Hennefent, J.A.; Askew Buxton, J. In: Zellmer WA, ed. Pharmacy forecast 2015-2019: strategic planning advice for

pharmacy departments in hospitals and health systems, December 2014. Bethesda, MD: Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership, ASHP Research and Education Foundation.

Access the full trends report at .

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