Over the past 6 years, I have attended meetings of the Council in Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP) as an observer during my APhA Executive Residency and as a CCP Alternate Director in my past role as Associate Brian_LawsonDirector, Governance at APhA and current role as Director, Professional Affairs at BPS. During this time, I have witnessed the tremendous efforts of thought-leaders in the profession to advance CCP’s mission to provide leadership, guidance, public information, and coordination of credentialing programs in pharmacy.

Last month, CCP announced the publication Credentialing and Privileging of Pharmacists: A Resource Paper from the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy. The release of this paper is very timely as there is increasing interest in credentialing and privileging of health professionals against the backdrop of an evolving health care system. The capabilities and competence of health professionals, including pharmacists who practice within an increasingly complex and sophisticated system has become both more relevant and essential. This resource provides in-depth explanations, describes the processes within organizations, presents information on design and management, and contains case examples of credentialing and privileging programs for pharmacists in various pharmacy practice settings.

The purpose of this paper is to educate pharmacists about credentialing and privileging processes and to assist those who are introducing or enhancing systems for pharmacists within their health care setting. The paper was co-published by the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and Consultant Pharmacist, and is dedicated to the memory of Janet L. Teeters, former Director of Accreditation Services at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, for her significant and valued contributions to the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy.

CCP and its resources documents have been instrumental in my work with BPS. I use the information as a basis for presentations to state boards of pharmacy, state associations, and employers, and even when conversing with pharmacists during exhibitions at national association meetings. Most recently, this document was useful in a response to an email I received from a pharmacist employer in Japan. Yes, Japan! BPS is committed to advancing international pharmacy practice through board certification (see BPS Board Chair John Pieper’s Blog Post).

BPS is proud of CCP’s work and continues to be one of 11 member organizations that comprise CCP. Other member organizations include Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. BPS Executive Director William M. Ellis serves as the President of CCP and is in his second term. For more information, please visit www.pharmacycredentialing.org.

Brian Lawson, PharmD
Director, Professional Affairs
Board of Pharmacy Specialties