Accreditation Council for
Pharmacy Education:
International Services Program
May 2015 Newsletter
Volume 4, Issue 1
ACPE's International Services Program (ISP) Launches Facebook and Twitter Pages 

With great excitement, ACPE's International Services Program proudly announces the official launch of our new Facebook and Twitter pages. The ISP team hopes to use these two social media platforms to provide yet another venue for us to share our activities and to allow you to stay connected to our events and initiatives. We look forward to your contribution as well, and we are very excited to read your feedback, experiences, and ideas.

Through our Facebook and Twitter pages, ISP will share important updates regarding our certification program, consultation services, workshop and training sessions, and long term projects. Even though ACPE's official website remains the primary source for the latest information regarding ISP, the most up-to-date news, recent publications, announcements, photos from various trips, meeting outcomes, and presentation details will also be reflected on our social media pages. As a Facebook "Fan" or a Twitter "Follower", you will be able to join the conversation, communicate directly with us, and support the ISP mission and vision. 


  • To follow us on Facebook, click here; then click "Like" at the top of the page. 
  • Follow @ACPEISP for weekly ISP tweets on Twitter.   

We thank you for joining and supporting us.


With warm regards,

The ISP Team. 


International Commissioner Feature: A. Patricia Acuña-Johnson, MSc, Valparaiso, Chile stated:

"As a Chilean Pharmacist, I have spent most of my professional life in the School of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Valparaiso, Chile. Although my initial plans were to teach and conduct Pharmacology research, early and unexpectedly I was involved in leading administration positions in higher education, first at the School and the Faculty of Pharmacy, and later at Institutional levels. Over the years, my involvement in various national and international forums and commissions guided my interests towards Pharmaceutical Education. Our responsibility as educators is to engage Pharmacists to be an active component of the Health Care Team. Today, more than ever, curricula must respond to what society needs from their professionals. In many countries, this has meant moving from a Pharmacy curriculum with a strong foundation in basic sciences towards one focused on the patients.


As a member of ACPE's International Commission, I have been informed about the various efforts of Pharmacy Schools around the world to count on quality-assured certified Pharmacy curricula evaluated by international peers, in benefit of the Pharmacy practice each country needs. At the same time, this has been an opportunity to meet a group of Pharmacists involved in Academia and Pharmacy practice, extraordinary human beings and professionals whose common goal is to have better Pharmacists worldwide." 

Updates on International Collaborations

You may find the links to the press releases for the MOU's at:

Upcoming Meetings

 The ACPE Board Meeting will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA from June 24 - 28, 2015.The International Commission will hold its tenth meeting on November 8 - 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 

ISP General Information

You may access the ISP brochure, past newsletters and press releases and other information about the International Services Program on the  ACPE website.

ISP Staff: Questions and Comments

Mike Rouse, BPharm (Hons), MPS

Assistant Executive Director, Professional Affairs, and  Director, International Services


Silvi Kastrati

International Coordinator

International Services 

International Consultants

If you are interested in becoming an international consultant or a member of on-site evaluation teams, or know someone else that might be interested, please contact Silvi Kastrati.


ISP's Facebook and Twitter Pages

To follow us on Facebook, click here; then click "Like" at the top of the page. 


Follow @ACPEISP for weekly ISP tweets on Twitter.     

Summary of decisions for the International Services Program (ISP) from the ACPE Board Meeting in San Diego, California - January, 2015

The ACPE Board Meeting took place on January 21 - 25, 2015, in San Diego, California, USA. During this meeting, the Board members approved the recommendation from the International Commission to award Certification to Al Ain University of Science and Technology College of Pharmacy located in the United Arab Emirates (see "Certified Programs" post below for more information). In addition, the Board appointed Dr. Lori Duke, Athens, Georgia, USA, to serve as the ACPE Board Liaison to the International Commission for a one-year term. 

International Services Program Advisory Group (ISPAG)

At the January Board meeting, the ACPE Board extended the mandate of ISPAG for a further three years, based on the recommendation of the International Commission (IC). The new ISPAG team, appointed by the IC, now comprises the following members: 


* Yousif Abdu Asiri, MS, PhD, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
* Lilian Azzopardi, BPharm (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MRPharmS, Msida, Malta
* Tina Penick Brock, RPh, MS, EdD, San Francisco, California, USA
* Robert W. Brueggemeier, PhD, Columbus, Ohio, USA
* Bronwyn Clark, MClinPharm, FPS, Canberra Area, Australia 
* Ildikó Csóka, MS, PharmD, PhD, Szeged, Csongrad, Hungary 
* Mahama Duwiejua, BPharm, PhD, Kumasi, Ghana
* Rosa Issel Acosta González , MSc, PhD, Tamaulipas, Mexico
* Lorraine Horgan, BSc, MEconSc, Dublin, Ireland 
* Rosalyn Cain King, BS, PharmD, MPH, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
* Nahoko Kurosawa, PhD, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
* Roger Lander , PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCACP, Birmingham, Alabama, USA 
* Alan Lyles, ScD, MPH, RPh, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 
* Arijana Mestrovic, MPharm, DrSc, Zagreb, Croatia
* Leonila M. Ocampo, RPh, MS, Manila, The Philippines
* Tarcísio José Palhano, Brasília, Brazil
* T.K. Ravi, MPharm, PhD, FAGE, Coimbatore, India
* Timothy W. Rennie, MPharm, PhD, MRPharmS, Windhoek, Namibia 
* Chuthamanee C. Suthisisang, BPharm, PhD, Bangkok, Thailand
* P.T. Thomas, BPharm, MS, PhD, Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia 
* Fe-Lin Lin Wu, BS, MS, PhD, Taipei, Taiwan


ISP looks forward to sharing ideas, exchanging experiences, and receiving feedback and recommendations from this diverse group of individuals within ISPAG.  

Certified Programs

During the January 2015 ACPE Board Meeting, the Board granted Certification to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSc.(Pharm)) degree program of Al Ain University of Science and Technology College of Pharmacy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Al Ain University hosted a reception to celebrate and Mike Rouse, Director, International Services, was in attendance to present the College of Pharmacy with their Certification certificate. Below are a picture and a video from the reception:



The Dean and members of the academic staff of Al Ain University of Science and Technology College of Pharmacy at the reception held to celebrate the Certification granted by ACPE 


Al Ain University Reception
Al Ain University's Reception


ISP has also granted Certification to the pharmacy degree programs of three other schools: Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara (JSS) University College of Pharmacy in India, King Saud University College of Pharmacy, and King Faisal University College of Clinical Pharmacy in Saudi Arabia. Provisional Certification has been granted to the program of Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy in Northern Cyprus.  For more details, please see the "Directory of Degree Programs with Certification Status" located on our website:                           


The members of the ISP Staff look forward to helping other schools that are interested in our services. 

Current Projects and Presentations

ISP staff presented at or visited the following conferences and institutions:


October 2014:

  • Patricia Acuña Johnson, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of ACPE's International Commission, attended the "II Triple Helix in Pharmacy: Partners in the Development of Human Resources for Health in Pharmacy" Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The conference was organized by the Mexican Association of Schools of Pharmacy and the Mexican Accreditation Body of Pharmacy Education. Johnson gave a presentation on behalf of ACPE's International Services Program.
February 2015: 
  • Mike Rouse and ISPAG Member, Arijana Mestrovic, presented the "Innovation Workshop" for the Turkish Pharmacists Association (TPA) in Ankara, Turkey. The workshop brought together leaders in the Pharmacy profession to discuss a major initiative of the TPA to advance pharmacy practice in Turkey. More details will be provided in future newsletters as the project is implemented. 
  • Rouse gave a presentation at the "Oman Pharmaceutical Conference", hosted by the Ministry of Health in Muscat, Oman. He also co-chaired and presented at the Deans' Forum that was held in conjunction with the conference, and that brought together deans and academic staff from schools of pharmacy in Oman and other countries in the region.
March 2015:
  • ACPE and the Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (IACP) hosted a two-day workshop in Bangalore, India, on March 17-18, 2015. Peter H. Vlasses, ACPE Executive Director, and Mike Rouse, Director, International Services, provided details of the certification process and requirements, including an overview of the Certification Quality Criteria, which are designed to be applicable to a range of professional degree programs in pharmacy. In attendance were deans, academic staff and university administrators representing 27 schools and colleges of pharmacy in India and one from Malaysia. 
  • Members of the ACPE Board and Staff were present at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition that took place in San Diego, California, USA. The aim of this meeting was to convene together pharmacy professionals to learn, network, and engage with peers. ACPE had a booth in the exhibition where interested parties could find out more information about the services that ACPE offers. 
April 2015: 
  • Mike Rouse and Arijana Mestrovic presented a "Train-the-Trainer Workshop" for the Turkish Pharmacist Association (TPA) in Ankara, Turkey. Trainers were present from 8 Pharmacy Chambers from around Turkey, which will pilot new educational models, tools and resources for professional development and competency evaluation, and quality indicators for expanded professional services in community pharmacies.
South Eastern Europe (SEE) Quality in Pharmacy Initiative

ACPE's International Services Program, in collaboration with the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Pharma Expert, Croatia, will contribute to the convening of the first Quality in Pharmacy Summit in Belgrade, Serbia, on October 23-25, 2015. The SEE Quality in Pharmacy Initiative aims to bring together key stakeholders responsible for the advancement of pharmacy practice and science, provide a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences, and promote regional cooperation in all areas of the pharmacy profession: education, research, science, pharmacy services, patient care, and regulation; ultimately to better serve patients and provide safe and effective care in communities. This one-and-a-half day summit will provide an insight into the current state of affairs with regards to different topics of interest.

All stakeholders in pharmacy profession in the region will be invited to join the Summit about quality in pharmacy and participate with their ideas, experience and motivation. Participants from countries in the region and further abroad, including Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, are expected to attend.


We will keep you updated as more information becomes available in regards to this Summit.