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6/2/2003
Press Release

ASHP, ACCP to Pursue Collaboration to Increase Number of Accredited Pharmacy Residencies

The governing boards of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have endorsed principles expressing strong support for standards-based accreditation of all pharmacy residency training programs.


 As a first step toward developing a partnership for the purpose of advancing pharmacy residency training, ACCP and ASHP have agreed to the following principles:

1. The governing boards of both organizations support philosophically that all pharmacy residency training programs should be reviewed by standards-based accreditation.
2. Both organizations will publicly present information to their members expressing strong support for standards-based accreditation of all residency training programs.
3. Both organizations will educate members about the areas of agreement and continue open dialogue on issues identified as concerns regarding the accreditation process that need to be addressed on a profession wide basis.

The principles were developed by a task force of members representing both organizations.  The task force will continue to define objectives for an ongoing working relationship on this subject for the two groups.


There are 535 accredited residency programs in the United States and an additional 90 programs that have applied for accreditation.  ASHP, the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency programs, has developed a series of accreditation standards for pharmacy practice residencies and specialized residencies.  ASHP has partnered with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association in accrediting residencies in managed care organizations and community pharmacies, respectively.  ASHP and ACCP have collaborated previously to develop accreditation standards for Pharmacotherapy specialty residencies.


A pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice.  It provides the knowledge and experience that pharmacy practitioners need to face challenges in today’s complex health care systems, while also providing essential skills to meet the practice demands of the future.  Accredited pharmacy residencies are evaluated against prescribed standards of practice.


ACCP is a national professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and other resources that enable pharmacists to achieve excellence in clinical practice and research.  ACCP’s membership is composed of 8000 practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows, and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy. For more information, visit www.accp.com.


ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.  For more information, visit ASHP’s Web site, www.ashp.org or www.SafeMedication.com.