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ASHP and ISMP to Create Medication Safety Certificate Program

ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) are partnering to develop a Medication Safety Certificate Program that is scheduled to launch in spring 2017. This online continuing education program will be an addition to the ASHP Professional Certificate product line and ISMP’s Medication Safety Intensive program. The new program will provide pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with the essential skills for improving the safety of medication use in their respective practice settings.
ASHP Professional Certificate Programs are self-guided, online continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare personnel. Each program offers at least 15 hours of continuing education credit that can be earned upon completion of individual modules. Participants must complete all of the modules in a program as well as practice-based exercises to be eligible for an ASHP professional certificate.
“ASHP is pleased to partner with ISMP to develop a program that will serve as a vital tool for improving medication safety for patients,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “This joint venture with ISMP will help provide pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with the professional development opportunity to help them ensure that their patients are receiving the best care possible.”
The Medication Safety Certificate Program will feature modules designed to enhance the medication safety knowledge and baseline skills of individuals practicing in hospitals and health systems. The curriculum will cover the fundamental principles of the medication use process and medication safety culture. The course also will present strategies for identifying and implementing opportunities for medication safety improvements.
“Offering a medication safety certificate program to an interprofessional audience of healthcare professionals will help encourage a more safety-minded culture,” said ISMP President Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S., Sc.D. (Hon.), DPS (Hon.), FASHP. “ISMP is pleased to partner with ASHP in this effort to educate frontline clinicians about the system-based causes of errors and how to implement effective error-reduction strategies.”
All modules offer ACPE, ACCME, and ANCC continuing education credits. To earn the professional certificate, participants must complete a project that demonstrates understanding and application of knowledge obtained from the program.
For more information on the certificate program, visit
About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at 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 advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

About ISMP
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is an independent, nonprofit charitable organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, consumers, and professional organizations to provide education about medication errors and their prevention. ISMP represents more than 40 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. For more information on ISMP, or its medication safety alert newsletters and other tools for healthcare professionals, visit For free resources and alerts for consumers, visit ISMP’s consumer website at
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