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The Development of an Accreditation Framework for Continuing Education Activities for Pharmacists

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Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, D02 FP84 Dublin, Ireland
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HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, D02 YN77 Dublin, Ireland
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International Services Program, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Quality Enhancement Office, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, D02 YN77 Dublin, Ireland
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8020075
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 22 April 2020 / Accepted: 25 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Continuing Professional Development in Pharmacy)
Accreditation is the recognition that an educational activity meets certain standards. The processes for accreditation vary considerably depending on the type of activity, and currently there are differing accreditation systems in place for pharmacy continuing education (CE) across different countries. Research was carried out on a selection of these systems with the aim of developing a catalogue of accreditation approaches, and exploring the possibility of developing a common framework for the accreditation of pharmacy CE activities. Accreditation processes from the countries represented by the Global Forum on Quality Assurance of Continuing Education and Continuing Professional Development (GFQACE) were reviewed to explore the themes and patterns in them. This informed the development of a proposed accreditation framework for CE activities for pharmacists. A Delphi method over four rounds involving seven participants from each GFQACE organisation was used as a consensus building technique. Agreement was achieved on including 15 items in the framework within four stages (Input, Process, Output, and Quality Improvement). The GFQACE steering group indicated their intention to use the resultant framework as the basis for the exploration of mutual recognition of accreditation between member countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: accreditation; framework; pharmacy; continuing education; consensus accreditation; framework; pharmacy; continuing education; consensus
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Drumm, S.; Moriarty, F.; Rouse, M.J.; Croke, D.; Bradley, C. The Development of an Accreditation Framework for Continuing Education Activities for Pharmacists. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 75.

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