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ASHP Joins Governance of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation

New Alliance Focuses on Enhancing Quality of Medication Use


The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) today announced the addition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to its governance body. Formed in the fall of 2011, CPPA took a leadership role in pharmacy practice accreditation that ensures pharmacist involvement in shaping the use and direction of the standards for pharmacy practice accreditation programs.

“CPPA is pleased to partner with ASHP in this valuable pharmacy practice accreditation venture,” stated Lynnae M. Mahaney, BSPharm, MBA, FASHP, CPPA Executive Director. “ASHP’s leadership and experience in hospital and health-system pharmacy practice will be important as we prepare to develop accreditation standards for additional practice settings. “By joining with CPPA, ASHP continues to demonstrate its longstanding support for voluntary accreditation processes that improve patient care quality.”

“ASHP is pleased to be joining with CPPA on this important effort to help health care organizations demonstrate quality and excellence in the medication use process,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, PharmD, FASHP. “ASHP joined CPPA because we believe that patient care will be improved through the development and widespread use of voluntary accreditation standards that help ensure quality throughout the entire medication-use process.”

CPPA oversees the development and implementation of the standards process for the pharmacy practice accreditation program. CPPA’s board has approved the first standards for community pharmacy practice accreditation and expects to release the standards and open the accreditation process in early 2013. The voluntary community pharmacy practice accreditation program will be focused on recognizing quality, enhancing patient safety and providing a mechanism for excellence-committed community pharmacy practices to distinguish themselves. CPPA anticipates the future development of accreditation standards for other pharmacy practice settings.

About the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation
The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit organization created by the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. CPPA develops and implements comprehensive programs of pharmacy practice site accreditation, including the promotion, development and maintenance of principles, policies and standards. CPPA offers the general public and users of pharmacy services a means of identifying those pharmacies that satisfy the accreditation criteria and are focused on advancing patient care, safety and quality. For more information, please visit

About the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website,, or its consumer website,


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