Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Program

The Standards:
CPPA saw the need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.  CPPA recognizes pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower health care costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and thus, serve the public health.

CPPA gathered expert stakeholders to develop consensus-based community pharmacy practice standards.   Established standards help to guide, describe, and gain recognition for innovative, high-quality, safe, and effective practices.  The development of a standards-based accreditation process is critical for continuous quality improvement, consistency, and to ensure medication safety and effectiveness and quality of medication use for desired health outcomes. 

The draft standards were published during summer 2012 to obtain broad perspective and input from all constituencies. All comments received during this open period were reviewed and considered. In early 2013, the final community pharmacy practice standards and accompanying interpretive narrative were published.

The Accreditation Program:
The resulting voluntary accreditation process is offered to pharmacy practices with an interest in improving patient care.  The accreditation process, which takes about 6 to 9 months, consists of an application, submission of documents, a site survey, and determination of accreditation status.  The process is intended to be consultative in nature and best practices will be shared.   

This formal recognition program differentiates community pharmacy practices as exemplary.