Skip to main content Back to Top

Press Release

ASHP and ISMP Launch Medication Safety Certificate Program

Program Trains Healthcare Professionals to Prevent Medication Errors

ASHP and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) have created the Medication Safety Certificate Program to equip pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, and nurses with the skills to improve the safety of medication use in numerous practice settings.

Available now, the self-guided, online continuing education program is comprised of 16 modules that highlight the fundamental concepts required for risk identification, medical error investigation, risk reduction, and general actions required to sustain safe medication practices.

“ASHP’s collaboration with ISMP resulted in a remarkable program for improving medication safety that can be used by a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “Improving medication safety is an interprofessional effort, and this certificate program gives pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and others the vital tools they need to provide better patient care.”

The Medication Safety Certificate Program covers the fundamental principles of the medication use process and medication safety culture. The course also presents strategies for identifying and implementing opportunities for medication safety improvements.

“Healthcare professionals need an in-depth understanding of the system-based causes of errors in order to meet today’s medication safety challenges,” said ISMP Executive Vice President Allen J. Vaida, Pharm.D., FASHP. “Incorporating current strategies and concepts such as Just Culture and Human Factors Engineering into clinical practice can help manage risk and prevent adverse drug events.”

The program is an addition to the ASHP Professional Certificate product line and ISMP’s Medication Safety Intensive (MSI) workshops. The activity meets the criteria of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety for Certified Professionals in Patient Safety continuing education hours.

All modules offer continuing education credits from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Medication Safety Certificate Program includes the following 16 modules:

  1. Scope and Background of Medication Safety
  2. Setting the Medication Safety Agenda
  3. Leading and Managing Change
  4. Strategies and Tools to Implement Change
  5. The Impact of Culture on Safety
  6. Establishing a Just Culture
  7. Managing Systems and Behaviors in a Just Culture
  8. Implementing and Measuring a Just Culture
  9. Human Factors Engineering
  10. Reactive Identification of Medication Risk
  11. Proactive Identification of Medication Risk
  12. Investigation and Analysis of Medication Errors
  13. Reducing Risk of System-Based Causes of Error
  14. Risk Reduction Strategies and Implementing Improvements
  15. The Intersection Between Medication Safety and Technology: Review and Analysis of the Medication Management Process
  16. Pulling It All Together to Successfully Implement and Sustain Safe Medication Practices

To earn a Medication Safety Certificate, participants must finish all of the modules in the program and successfully complete a case study analysis demonstrating skills learned and competence gained through the program.

For more information about the Medication Safety Certificate Program, visit Professional Certificate Programs on

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 75 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 the nation's only 501c(3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. 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, including maintaining a voluntary medication error reporting program, analyzing errors, educating the healthcare community, advocating for safety advancements, and conducting research. For more information on ISMP and 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

# # #

Join / Renew

Join ASHP or renew your membership to take advantage of our benefits, services and resources
View Benefits
Link the whole card

Link the whole card