The Mission of The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs is to grant accreditation awards to pharmacy and pharmacy technician programs that meet the Standards set by CCAPP and to promote continued improvement of those educational programs.
To be a world leader in pharmacy and pharmacy technician program accreditation
The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) is composed of representatives appointed by the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association. There is also a non-pharmacy member on the Council. Non-academic appointees form a majority of the Board of Directors that is responsible for establishing the Accreditation Standards, setting policy and managing the accreditation process.
CCAPP currently accredits pharmacy academic programs offered at ten Canadian universities. Graduates from a Canadian CCAPP accredited program may apply directly for the Qualifying Examination of The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Graduates from a non-accredited university pharmacy degree program must first pass the PEBC Evaluating Examination, designed to determine if the program of study completed is comparable to one accredited by CCAPP. CCAPP also accredits a large number of pharmacy technician programs offered at community and regional public colleges and private career colleges in Canada.
In recent years, CCAPP has selectively offered “International” Accreditation services to universities with professional degree programs in pharmacy and to college institutions training pharmacy technician students outside of Canada. CCAPP adds the term “International” to any accreditation conferred to a school of pharmacy based outside of Canada to differentiate this from the CCAPP accreditation conferred to Canadian pharmacy programs due to the differences in scope of practice, entry to practice competencies pharmacy laws and regulations, and in the practice experiences of the students. Further, CCAPP has developed and implemented the use of specific International Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for First Professional Degree in Pharmacy Programs (January 2017), to address these differences.
Students graduating from an educational institution which has an “International CCAPP Accreditation” who would like to obtain a license to practice in Canada, must meet the requirements for internationally educated pharmacists which are outlined at Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada.
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CCAPP Executive Committee and Board Members 2020-2021
- President – Dr. David Edwards, Kitchener, ON: Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Member
- President-Elect – Dr. Nick Busing, Ottawa, ON: Non-Pharmacy Academic Member
- Past President – Ms. Iris Krawchenko, Hamilton, ON: Canadian Pharmacists Association Member
- Dr. Curtis Harder, Victoria, BC: Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Member
- Ms. Julee Joseph, Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association Member
- Mr. Sam Lanctin, Dieppe, NB: National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities Member
- Dr. Chantal Pharand, Montreal, Quebec: Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Member
- Ms. Kendra Townsend, Regina, SK: Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Member
- Dr. K. Wayne Hindmarsh, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto, ON: Ex Officio
Chief Executive Officer Office
Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
1207 – 144 College Street
Dr. K. Wayne Hindmarsh
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Hindmarsh is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He served as Dean at the University of Toronto for 11 years, from 1998-2009. Previously, he was Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba and Assistant Dean at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Hindmarsh’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a M.Sc. Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D from the University of Alberta. Among his many research accomplishments he is the author of two books dealing with drug related topics: 1) “Drugs. What your Kid Should Know”, a widely acclaimed book used by numerous libraries, high schools and parents and 2) “Too Cool for Drugs” (co-authored with a professional counsellor), a book aimed at primary school age children dealing with peer pressure and the problem of drug usage. He is also the author of over 80 scientific articles related to drug distribution and forensic toxicology.
Dr. Hindmarsh has served as President of the Association of Deans of Pharmacy of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy. He has also represented Pharmacy on Hospital Boards in Manitoba and Toronto, and recently completed a term as a member of the Pharmacy Council for the Ontario Government.
Dr. Hindmarsh is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Catherine Schuster RPEBC, R.Ph.T.
Coordinator, Pharmacy Technician Programs Accreditation
Catherine Schuster is a licensed Pharmacy Technician in the province of Ontario. She graduated from the Pharmacy Assistant Program in 1974 from St. Clair College in Windsor. Catherine has many years of practicing in retail and hospital settings.
She began her career as a Pharmacy Assistant in a community pharmacy setting and in 1986 continued her career, working in the in-patient pharmacy at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. Catherine served as Coordinator of the Pharmacy Technician Program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario from 2006 – 2014.
Catherine has served on a number of Pharmacy committees and boards, including the Ontario College of Pharmacists Pharmacy Technician Working Group, OCP Jurisprudence Steering Committee, National Advisory Committee – Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, CCAPP Working Group for the Development of Standards for Accreditation of Pharmacy Technician Programs, CCAPP Pharmacy Technician Programs Accreditation Committee, PEBC Blueprint for Qualifying Exam for Regulation of Pharmacy Technicians, and PEBC Evaluating Exam Question Writing Group. She served on the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technician and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association Board of Directors. Catherine is currently the Executive Vice President on the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
Under the Canadian constitution, education and licensure for the health professions practice fall within the jurisdiction of each of the ten provinces and three territories. However, the desire for reciprocity has necessitated that mechanisms be developed to ensure comparable levels of education across the country.
In the case of pharmacy, the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, a voluntary association of pharmacy academics, developed a standard minimum curriculum in the 1940’s. Subsequently, a national pharmacy examination board, The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC), was established in 1963. Through the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Mutual Recognition Agreement signed in 2000 all provinces and territories, except Québec, require PEBC registration as a prerequisite for licensure of in- and out-of-province graduates and out-of-country applicants.
The approved minimum curriculum, coupled with a national examination, worked well in establishing comparability among the Faculties of Pharmacy*, as long as pharmacy education was primarily a university-based, science program. However, with the move towards a more clinically orientated program, it became increasingly difficult to achieve consensus on what specific content should be included in the minimum curriculum. The introduction of clinical clerkships and extended practicums of varying lengths and types, the use of external clinical teaching facilities, the utilization of part-time clinical instructors in place of full-time tenured faculty, all led to the recognition that increased emphasis on student outcome was more important than strict adherence to a rigidly defined minimum curriculum. As a result, the concept of a standard minimum curriculum was dropped.
However, the need for a mechanism to facilitate reciprocity remained. Also, there was a growing recognition by pharmacy practitioners, pharmacy educators and the various pharmacy examination and licensing bodies that the Canadian public was entitled to assurance that the pharmacy education provided by the various universities met recognized Canadian standards and was more or less comparable. Hence, the establishment of The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) which was granted Letters Patent by the Canadian Government on 5 January 1993.
Dr. Bruce Schnell served as the first CCAPP Executive Director from 1992 until June 30, 2003. Dr. Jim Blackburn followed Dr. Schnell as executive director from 2003 to 2006. Dr. David Hill was appointed executive director effective August 2006 and served until June 2010. Current CCAPP executive director Dr. K. Wayne Hindmarsh assumed the office effective July 1, 2010. Bylaw changes in June 2019 changed the executive director title to Chief Executive Officer.
* Includes Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy at universities in Canada
Goals of the Council
- To formulate the educational, scientific, and professional principles and standards that an approved school, college or faculty of pharmacy or pharmacy technician programs is expected to meet, and to maintain and to revise these principles and standards as necessary.
- To appraise any school, college or faculty of pharmacy or pharmacy technician program that requests the approval of this corporation.
- To publish a list of approved schools, colleges and faculties of pharmacy and pharmacy technician programs and to revise such list annually or as frequently as may be deemed desirable.
- To satisfy itself that schools, colleges and faculties of pharmacy and pharmacy technician programs that have been approved maintain the required standards, and to withdraw approval of any school, college or faculty failing to maintain standards formulated by the corporation.
- To assist in the advancement and improvement of pharmaceutical education.
- 2019-2020 Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2018-2019 Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2017-2018 – Annual report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2016-2017 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2015-2016 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2014-2015 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2013-2014 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2012-2013 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2011-2012 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2010-2011 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2009-2010 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2008-2009 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2007-2008 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2006-2007 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2005-2006 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2005 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2004-2005 – CCAPP Audited Financial Statement
- 2004 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs
- 2003 – Annual Report and Directory of Accredited Programs