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International Pharmacy Residency Accreditation

ASHP began accrediting pharmacy residency programs internationally in 2009, building on a 55 year history of accrediting residency programs in the United States.

Accreditation has been shown to be an important step in assuring the quality of the residency program and the pharmacy services, resulting in elevation of pharmacy practice and patient care services. Currently, there are more than 2,000 sites that have accredited PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs around the world.

International sites may seek accreditation of their pharmacy residency program using one of two entry level standards: the ASHP Accreditation Standard for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs or the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Programs. Many international residency programs will find their best fit using the International Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Standard. However, some programs may be better suited to the PGY1 Standard. ASHP staff are available to provide guidance when contacted by a prospective residency program representative and there is an initial assessment of the health care organization, pharmacy services, educational systems in that country, plans for the prospective residency program, and other factors. Of note, a postgraduate year two (PGY2) accreditation standard is available for sites to offer residency programs in advanced areas of pharmacy practice. These residency programs build upon the skills developed during the PGY1 residency program and follow completion of a PGY1 residency program. There is no corresponding accreditation standard for advanced residency programs that follow the International Pharmacy Practice residency program.

The International Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Standard, corresponding required competencies, educational goals and objectives, guidance documents and other resources are included on this site for your reference. ASHP Practice Advancement Office staff contact information is also included for questions or for more information.

Residency Accreditation Documents

ASHP Accreditation Standard for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs

Guidance Document for the ASHP Accreditation Standard for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs

Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs

ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of International Pharmacy Practice Residencies

Applying for Accreditation 

Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Accreditation

Application for Accreditation of an International Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Application for Pre-Candidate Status for Accreditation of an International Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Academic and Professional Record Form

Staff Roster Form

Residency Program Resources

PharmAcademic 

Preceptor Skills

ASHP Foundation Research Resources

Downloadable Working Grid: Record learning experiences and assign them to required goals and objectives (.docx)

Preceptor Development Plan Examples

Learning Activity Examples

Rating Scale Definition Examples

Duty-hours Requirement

Interested Applicants

If you are interested in applying for accreditation, please follow these steps:

Step 1
Review the accreditation standards and other materials on ASHP website. For programs interested in the International Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Standard, contact ASHP at international@ashp.org with questions or to express interest. For programs interested in the PGY1 Accreditation Standard, contact ASHP at asd@ashp.org.

Step 2
ASHP will send a brief questionnaire to prospective program directors. This questionnaire describes a number of important aspects of the prospective residency site and program. A telephone conference call will be scheduled to review the questionnaire and discuss the accreditation process.

Step 3
Prospective programs may choose to seek consultation to assess pharmacy department and prospective program readiness. Prospective or existing programs may seek consultation to conduct a mock accreditation survey. The on-site readiness assessment includes advice on how to improve the residency program, improve pharmacy services, and prepare for an accreditation survey.

Step 4
The residency program is eligible to apply for pre-candidate accreditation status before the first resident(s) begin the program. The residency program is eligible to apply for candidate accreditation status as soon as the first resident(s) begin the program.

Step 5
ASHP will review the application and schedule a survey team for an on-site review of the program, but not before the 9th month of the residency program’s first class of residents. The pre-survey checklist and self-assessment questionnaire and required attachments will be due to the ASHP Office of Practice Advancement 45 days prior to the date of the on-site survey. A final written survey report will be sent to the chief executive officer, director of pharmacy and residency program director within 30 days following the on-site survey. The residency program director shall prepare a written response to the survey findings to be sent to the Office of Practice Advancement within 75 days of the end of the on-site survey.

Step 6
An ASHP Accreditation Commission will review the survey report and survey response of the residency program. If appropriate, the Commission will recommend accreditation of the program to the ASHP Board of Directors. The ASHP Board of Directors will consider the recommendation and make their decision regarding accreditation of the residency program.