The Accreditation Committee for Pharmacy Technician Programs (ACPTP) provides policy support and guidance to CCAPP’s accreditation service to pharmacy technician programs at community, regional and career colleges in Canada. The ACPTP has responsibility for making recommendations to the CCAPP board about the accreditation status that should be conferred on a pharmacy technician program. The committee also gives advice to CCAPP concerning revisions to accreditation standards for pharmacy technician programs, as well as on matters such as self-study requirements, composition of site visit teams, site visit procedures and the general content of evaluation reports.
Accreditation Committee for Pharmacy Technician Programs (ACPTP) Members*
(*Effective 1 July 2018)
- Ms. Andrea Outram, Chair (CCAPP Board Member)
- Ms. Melissa Benoit (PEBC 2018)
- Ms. Bal Dhillon (Regulated Provinces, 2016*)
- Ms. Jackie Mendez (CPTEA/Public Colleges 2017*)
- Mr. Naeem Ladhani (CSHP 2016*)
- Ms. Ava Feenstra (CPTEA/Public Colleges 2017)
- Ms. Lois Battock (CAPT 2017)
- Ms. Gae Carroll (CPTEA/Private Colleges 2015)
- Ms. Connie Beck (CPhA 2017)
The information in brackets following each committee member’s name indicates the appointing organization for the member as well as the start date of the members term on the committee. A * indicates second term appointment.
ACPTP Terms of Reference
The Accreditation Committee for Pharmacy Technician Programs (ACPTP) will provide operational support and guidance to CCAPP’s accreditation service to pharmacy technician programs at community, regional and career colleges in Canada. The ACPTP will have responsibility for making recommendations to the CCAPP board about the accreditation status that should be conferred on a pharmacy technician program.
Composition and Appointment of Members
The committee will have members representing three key stakeholders in approximately equal numbers—pharmacy technician educators, the profession, and regulatory authorities/examining board. Specifically, members of the ACPTP will be appointed by:
- Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (3 members*)
- Canadian Pharmacy Association (1 member)
- Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1 member)
- Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (1 member)
- National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (1 member)
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (1 member)
- Any provincial PRA regulating pharmacy technicians (1 member each)
- CCAPP executive director (ex officio, non-voting)
* Must include appointees from both the public college and private college systems
Term of Appointment
The term of appointment of any member of the committee will be for 3 years. Each committee member will be eligible for reappointment for one additional three-year term upon the completion of the first appointment. Some appointments to the initial ACPTP may be for less than three years in order to ensure continuity of experienced members at the conclusion of the first three year term of the committee.
Appointment of Chair
The CCAPP board will appoint the chair of the ACPTP following procedures defined in the bylaws for standing committees Duties of the Committee
- Review of evaluations reports prepared following pharmacy technician program site visits and providing recommendations to the CCAPP board concerning an appropriate accreditation awards.
- Provide guidance and recommendations to CCAPP regarding site visit procedures.
- Periodic review of the pharmacy technician program accreditation standards and recommending appropriate revisions to the CCAPP board when necessary.
- Periodic review of the ACPTP procedures for the determination of accreditation awards and recommending appropriate revisions to the CCAPP board when necessary.
- Periodic review of the structure of the accreditation process and award categories for pharmacy technician programs and recommending appropriate revisions to the CCAPP board when necessary.
- Assist with the selection of qualified individuals to be appointed as surveyors to the site visit teams for the accreditation of pharmacy technician programs.
Committee Member Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policies
Committee members are subject to the conflict of interest policy approved by the CCAPP board. This policy is intended to lessen the opportunity for committee members to influence accreditation decisions of programs for which the member, the member’s organization, or other programs within a geographic region may unfairly gain benefit or, in some circumstances may suffer harm. Committee members must always act at “arms’ length” when program accreditations decisions are being made by the committee.
Similarly, committee members are subject to the confidentiality policy of committee proceedings and any materials distributed in the manner approved by the CCAPP board.
- Meetings are held at the call of the chair or a CCAPP officer. It is expected that the ACPTP will have from 1-2 formal meetings per year. Meetings may be held by teleconference.
- A quorum is seven members.
- Minutes are recorded of the committee’s deliberations and any matters requiring a vote. A simple majority in voting will approve a motion.
The CCAPP policy for the reimbursement of committee members for travel, accommodation, meals and other expenses incurred to attend meetings will apply.
ACPTP Conflict of Interest Policy
Accreditation Committee for Pharmacy Technician Programs
It is important that the accreditation award recommendations of the committee are rendered free of any considerations or influences that would be deemed as inappropriate or unfair. This policy is intended to lessen the opportunity for committee members to influence accreditation decisions of programs for which the member, the member’s organization or appointing organization, or other programs within a geographic region may unfairly gain benefit or, in some circumstances may suffer harm.
ACPTP members have a duty to review programs and issue recommendations on programs based solely on the information presented in program applications and self-studies; site visit evaluation reports; or information about programs obtained by CCAPP from professional communications and sources. Discussions and decisions are to be rendered based on the merits of each program application when assessed against accreditation standards or any precedents established by the ACPTP and CCAPP.
CCAPP recognizes, however, that the individuals who are likely to be the most respected, knowledgeable and experienced candidates for the ACPTP will often have professional or academic affiliations or collaborations that may present the potential for conflicts of interest. Therefore, it is not the intent of CCAPP to automatically disqualify well-qualified potential candidates for membership on the committee simply because of current or past affiliations with one or more pharmacy technician programs, but to mitigate the impact of conflict on committee deliberations through self-declaration and recusal when these circumstances are presented.
- Conflict of Interest: Exists when a member of the ACPTP does not have an “arms’ length” relationship with any pharmacy technician program or other matters under review by the committee, such that the committee member is not in a position to provide objective input to the deliberation or decision that must be made by the committee. It is not necessary for the conflict to be real or actually occur. A conflict of interest must be declared by a ACPTP member if the potential for a conflict exists, or where the perception for a conflict could likely be reasonably apparent to a disinterested observer to the committee’s work.
- Recuse or Recusal: The act of removing, abstaining, absenting, or otherwise not participating in a program review or any other matter of the committee because of an actual or perceived conflict of interest. For the purposes of the work of the ACPTP, recusal implies the member to be physically absent from discussion on the matter under review and non-participation in any vote on the matter.
Individuals Who Should Declare a Conflict of Interest Under This Policy:
The following situations may present an actual or perceived conflict of interest to ACPTP members in the review and discussion of pharmacy technician program site visit evaluation reports and in making a recommendation regarding an accreditation award decision:
Individuals who, within the previous 12 months, have had a relationship to a pharmacy technician program in any one of the following capacities:
- Program Coordinator
- Program Instructor (full-time, part-time, casual)
- Senior Administrator in a College with a Pharmacy Technician Program
- Professional Advisory Committee Member to the Program
- Graduate of the Program
- Preceptor for any Practice Experiences in the Program
- Spouse or immediate family member, close friend of the instructors or administrators of a program
- Any Other Capacity that May Reasonably be Seen to Present the Potential for Conflict
In addition to the above relationships with a specific program under review, individuals with a relationship to a program and identified above must also recuse themselves from the discussion or vote on any other program in close proximity. Close proximity does not necessarily include all other programs within the rest of the province, but does include those within the same municipality or extended geographic region. The extended geographic region is interpreted to include programs with overlapping catchment areas for student applications, for recruitment of practice experience sites, or for recruitment of faculty and instructors.
Compliance with this Policy and Adjudication of Challenges
If any ACPTP member is uncertain to whether or not a conflict should be declared in their participation on any committee matter, the member is encouraged to consult with the CCAPP executive director or chair of the committee for advice and direction before the agenda matter is addressed by the committee.
Each committee member has a duty to monitor compliance of other members with this policy. Any member who suspects or becomes aware of a potential conflict of interest involving another member is obliged to bring the matter to the attention of the CCAPP executive director or chair of the ACPTP as soon as possible.
If concerns are raised, the chair of the ACPTP has sole responsibility for issuing a decision concerning the conflict. The chair may consult with the full ACPTP or individual members of the ACPTP to gather further information or opinion in order to make this decision.