In addition to our member elected Board of Directors, ASHP also maintains the following councils, committees, and advisory bodies to assist ASHP in a variety of important activities:
The five councils are the primary bodies that initiate ASHP policies on professional issues. Policy recommendations are reviewed by the Board of Directors and, ultimately, by the House of Delegates. Councils also advise the Board on ASHP activities within their respective purviews.
Council on Education and Workforce Development
Concerned with ASHP professional policies related to the quality and quantity of pharmacy practitioners in hospitals and health systems. Within the Council’s purview are (1) student education, (2) postgraduate education and training, (3) specialization, (4) assessment and maintenance of competence, (5) credentialing, (6) balance between workforce supply and demand, (7) development of technicians, and (8) related matters.
Council on Pharmacy Management
Concerned with ASHP professional policies related to the process of leading and directing the pharmacy department in hospitals and health systems. Within the Council’s purview are (1) development and deployment of resources, (2) fostering cost-effective use of medicines, (3) payment for services and products, (4) applications of technology in the medication-use process, (5) efficiency and safety of medication-use systems, (6) continuity of care, and (7) related matters.
Council on Pharmacy Practice
Concerned with ASHP professional policies related to the responsibilities of pharmacy practitioners in hospitals and health systems. Within the Council’s purview are (1) practitioner care for individual patients, (2) practitioner activities in public health, (3) pharmacy practice standards and quality, (4) professional ethics, (5) interprofessional and public relations, and (6) related matters.
Council on Public Policy
Concerned with ASHP professional policies related to laws and regulations that have a bearing on pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems. Within the Council’s purview are (1) federal laws and regulations, (2) state laws and regulations, (3) analysis of public policy proposals that are designed to address important health issues, (4) professional liability as defined by the courts, and (5) related matters.
Council on Therapeutics
Concerned with ASHP professional policies related to the safe and appropriate use of medicines. Within the Council’s purview are (1) the benefits and risks of drug products, (2) evidence-based use of medicines, (3) the application of drug information in practice, and (4) related matters.
Committees of the Board
ASHP maintains three committees of the Board of Directors that focus on Finance and Audit, Publications, and the Delegates to the APhA House of Delegates.
Committee on Nominations
Subcommittee of the House of Delegates whose primary purpose is to select candidates for the election of a new President, Chair of House of Delegates, and Members of the Board of Directors.
Components of ASHP consisting of all members in a particular category of membership. Each forum has an executive committee that is appointed by the Board of Directors. Executive committees advise ASHP on programs and services related to the interests of their group and make policy recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Components of ASHP in which members who have an interest in a specific area of health-system pharmacy practice may enroll. ASHP has five sections: Clinical Specialists and Scientists; Ambulatory Care Practitioners; Inpatient Care Practitioners; Pharmacy Practice Managers; and Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. An Executive Committee is elected by the membership of each section. Executive committees advise ASHP on programs and services related to their group and they make policy recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Board of Canvassers
Oversees counting of ballots in the annual election of the ASHP President-Elect and Board members and the executive committees of sections, and certifies the results to the Chief Executive Officer.
FASHP Recognition Committee
Reviews the completed application files of all FASHP candidates and recommends to the ASHP Board of Directors the approval or disapproval of their recognition.
Federal Pharmacy Consultants
Advises the ASHP Board of Directors on pharmacy issues in the federal sector and on how the Society can best serve members in the federal services.
Commission on Affiliate Relations
Advises the Board of Directors on standards for affiliation, implementation of the standards, methods of strengthening affiliates, and methods of building affiliate relationships that help advance ASHP’s objectives.
Commission on Credentialing
Formulates and recommends standards for accreditation of pharmacy personnel training programs and administers programs for accreditation of pharmacy personnel training programs.
Commission on Goals
Reviews trends in health care delivery and advises ASHP on broad strategic and health-policy issues that have a bearing on pharmacy practice in health systems.
All members of the ASHP Sections, New Practitioners Forum, and the Pharmacy Student Forum are eligible to be appointed as members to the policy committees described above. The deadline for nominations is November 13 of the year preceding the council or commission meeting (e.g., November 13, 2012, for the 2013 council and commission meetings). For each nominee, please attach an electronic copy of the individual’s curriculum vitae when submitting an online Appointment Recommendation Submission Form, which includes an area to provide comments on his or her:
- areas of special expertise,
- previous involvement with ASHP or state affiliates, and
- any special characteristics that will help ASHP achieve a balance of perspectives and diversity.
Online Recommendation Submission Form