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Global Forum on Quality Assurance in CE/CPD: Assuring Quality across Boundaries

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Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Provider Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin D02 FP84, Ireland
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Australian Pharmacy Council, Canberra, ACT 2609, Australia
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Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy, St. John’s, NL A1B 1W1, Canada
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Professional Development, College Education and Training, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, Wellington 6142, New Zealand
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International Services Program, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(3), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8030114
Received: 5 June 2020 / Revised: 3 July 2020 / Accepted: 7 July 2020 / Published: 9 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Continuing Professional Development in Pharmacy)
As a result of the globalization of access and provision of continuing education and continuing professional development (CE/CPD), the national CE/CPD accreditation organizations of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States formed the Global Forum on Quality Assurance of Continuing Education and Continuing Professional Development (GFQACE) to investigate and develop means of recognizing CE/CPD across boundaries. Two priorities were identified at their first meeting in 2016: (1) the development of an accreditation framework and (2) the identification of models and approaches to mutual recognition. The GFQACE approved an accreditation framework and facilitated review approach to mutual recognition in 2018 and is currently working on implementation guides. As background to the work of the GFQACE, this article provides a brief history of continuing education (CE) and continuing professional development (CPD) and discusses the value and benefits of CE/CPD to professional development of pharmacy professionals, innovation of pharmacy practice and the provision of quality patient care. Due to the essential role of CE/CPD accreditation in enabling recognition across boundaries, the nature and role of accreditation in defining, assuring and driving quality CE/CPD is described. Four conclusions regarding the broad sharing of perceptions of quality CE/CPD, the potential for expansion of the GFQACE and the benefits to pharmacy professionals, providers and pharmacy practice are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: continuing education; continuing professional development; accreditation; international continuing education; continuing professional development; accreditation; international
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Baumgartner, J.; Bradley, C.; Clark, B.; Janes, C.; Johnstone, E.; Rouse, M.; Whetstone, A. Global Forum on Quality Assurance in CE/CPD: Assuring Quality across Boundaries. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 114. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8030114

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Baumgartner J, Bradley C, Clark B, Janes C, Johnstone E, Rouse M, Whetstone A. Global Forum on Quality Assurance in CE/CPD: Assuring Quality across Boundaries. Pharmacy. 2020; 8(3):114. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8030114

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Baumgartner, Jennifer, Catriona Bradley, Bronwyn Clark, Colleen Janes, Elizabeth Johnstone, Michael Rouse, and Arthur Whetstone. 2020. "Global Forum on Quality Assurance in CE/CPD: Assuring Quality across Boundaries" Pharmacy 8, no. 3: 114. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8030114

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