Accreditation Council for
Pharmacy Education:
International Services Program (ISP)

December 2015 Newsletter
Volume 4, Issue 2
The 10th International Commission Meeting: November 8-10, 2015 in Chicago, IL, USA
Left to right, back row: Peter H. Vlasses, Indra Reddy (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect), Claude Mailhot, Anthony Wutoh, Jeff Wadelin and Mike Rouse
Left to right, front row: Silvi Kastrati, Azza Agha, Jan Engle, Patricia Acuña Johnson (Chair) and Lori Duke
Absent: Bhojraj Suresh and Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner
ISP Exhibits at the 75th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
International Services Program (ISP) was in attendance at the 75th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015. The event took place in Düsseldorf, Germany on September 29 to October 3, 2015. ISP exhibited and Mike Rouse, Director of ISP, was available on-site to meet guests and answer questions concerning ISP services and activities. During the congress, Rouse arranged meetings with representatives from FIP, the Australian Pharmacy Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, all of which have signed "Memorandums of Understanding" with ISP. Moreover, Rouse attended and/or presented at the following sessions: 
-Chair: Session D4 - Quality Assurance in a Global Context - New Ways, New Methods
-Presentation: Developing a Quality Assurance Framework - Global Applications
-Presentation: An Introduction to ACPE's International Services Program
-Presentation: The Quality Assurance Domain of FIP's Education Initiatives Education Development Team
-Presentation: Personal Commitments from FIP Participants: Good Luck with your Plans!
-Chair: Meeting of the FIP Quality Assurance Domain Community of Practice
-Poster: Global Initiatives to Harmonize Pharmacy Education and Workforce Development
From left to right: Luc Besançon (General Secretary & Chief Executive Officer at FIP, Mike Rouse (Director of ISP), Arijana Mestrović (ISPAG Member), Susan James (Ontario College of Pharmacists), Wayne Hindmarsh (Executive Director at CCAPP), Timothy Chen (University of Sydney), and Carmen Pena (President at FIP)
Since FIP is now an ACPE-accredited provider of continuing pharmacy education, selected sessions of the congress offered ACPE-accredited continuing education (CE) credit. To find out which, click here.
South Eastern Europe (SEE) Quality in Pharmacy Initiative in Belgrade, Serbia
ISP was involved in the planning and was in attendance at the 1st South East Europe (SEE) Quality in Pharmacy Summit, hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, with the support of the Pharmaceutical Association of Serbia and Pharmaceutical Chamber of Serbia on October 23-25, 2015. The Summit aimed at bringing together key stakeholder representatives from the professional chambers, academia and professional associations responsible for the advancement of pharmacy in 13 countries in South East Europe. By addressing important issues relating to the advancement of pharmacy education, professional practice, regulation/policy and research, the Summit created new platforms for regional collaboration. Rouse presented on "Quality Assurance and Standards in Pharmacy Education" during the third session of the Summit. Arijana Mestrovic, member of ISPAG, spoke about "Indicators of Quality in Patient Care" (EDQM).

Mike Rouse, Director of ISP, was part of the steering committee and Silvi Kastrati, International Coordinator, contributed with coordination and administrative support for the Summit.
Upcoming Workshops: Regional Faculty Development Workshop on Curricular Design and Delivery 
Al Ain University of Science and Technology (AAU), in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) International Services Program, will host a regional faculty development workshop at Al Ain University - Abu Dhabi Campus, United Arab Emirates on March 13 to 14, 2016.  The workshop, led by world-renowned pharmacy educators Dr. Joseph DiPiro (USA) and Dr. Janet Engle (USA), will aim to assist teams of 3 to 5 pharmacy faculty members and administrators from a variety of universities in working together to identify opportunities for curricular change. To learn more about this workshop and to find out how to register, click here.
Summary of Decisions for the International Services Program (ISP) from the ACPE Board Meeting in Chicago, Illinois - June, 2015
On June 25-27, 2015, ACPE's June 2015 Board Meeting was held in Chicago, IL. Regarding the International Services Program, ACPE's Board of Directors adopted the revised "Policies and Procedures", "Guiding Principles", and "International Commission Terms of Reference" documents and granted continued Certification to King Saud University College of Pharmacy and continued Provisional Certification to Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy. The Board also accepted the appointment of Tony Tarn of Taiwan as the new International Commissioner.
International Services Program Advisory Group (ISPAG) Feature: Antonio Sánchez Pozo, Granada, Spain
I wanted to be a pharmacist since I was a child, fascinated by the laboratory of a small pharmacy in a small village. In faculty, I discovered biochemistry and education at the same time thanks to Fermin, my professor and later my colleague at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Granada. Research and teaching have been the pillars of my professional life for many years, with some incursions in industry and hospitals, until I was requested to develop the study plans of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Granada, the Innovation and Quality programs for teaching at the University of Granada and conduct the Andalusian University system. These experiences in addition to the participation in many national and international projects, advisory groups, etc., have moved me towards accreditation bodies in higher education as a way to improve the profession. I am proud to be part of ISPAG.

Other ISPAG 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
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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 Commissioner Feature: Claude Mailhot, BPharm, DPH, PharmD, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
As a former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Université de Montreal's (U of M) Faculty of Pharmacy, I was involved in the transformation of a Baccalaureate program toward an entry-level outcome-based PharmD. This experience convinced me of the importance of continuous quality monitoring of the curriculum in order to develop graduates able to provide optimal drug therapy through patient-centered care.  Over the years, I gained interest in quality assurance in higher education. My involvement in international affairs led to my appointment as president of CIDPHARMEF's evaluation commission (International Association of Francophone Faculties of Pharmacy) and I recently accepted the position of associate Vice-rector for quality promotion at U of M.

Serving on ACPE's International Commission since its implementation, I participated in the creation of the International Services Program.  I was impressed by the quality of the work done and can testify to the commitment, rigor, professionalism, knowledge and experience of the members of the Commission.  Improvement of pharmacy education and outcomes around the world is a common goal and we can measure concrete results through the certification process. Sharing common interest with knowledgeable pharmacy educators, practitioners and ACPE Staff has been an extremely fruitful experience. 

International Collaborations

Click here to find the links to the press releases for the MOU's.

2015 Pinnacle Award: Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, IC member, was awarded the 2015 Individual Award for Career Achievement. The Pinnacle Awards Reception and Program was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at the APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA. 
Promotion: Effective July 1, 2015, IC member Anthony Wutoh was appointment to serve in the role of Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA.  

International Consultants

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

Upcoming Meetings

 The ACPE Board Meeting will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA from January 20 - 23, 2016. The International Commission will hold its eleventh meeting on May  8 - 10, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 

Upcoming Webinars
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Current Projects and Presentations
ISP staff also presented at or visited the following conferences and institutions:

July 2015: 

-AACP Annual Meeting, National Harbor, Maryland, USA

-Turkish Pharmacists' Association Inter-Chamber Meeting, Samsun, Turkey

October 2015:

-ACCP Global Conference, San Francisco, California, USA

 -Turkish Pharmacist Association Post Pilot Workshop, Ankara, Turkey

November 2015: 

-Gazi Pharma Series Symposium, Antalya, Turkey

-Meeting with Kosovo's Chamber of Pharmacist, Pristina, Kosovo

-International Pharmaceutical Conference, Pristina, Kosovo


December 2015:

-Faculty Development Workshop, Near East University, Nicosia, North Cyprus

-Faculty Development Workshop, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain