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Accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy – Critical Steps towards Quality

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A product of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy's (NASP) Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) 

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NOTE: If you attended the live CE activity titled "Accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy – Critical Steps towards Quality" that was held on October 1, 2015 during the NASP Annual Meeting & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland AND received CE credit (i.e. a pharmacist CE statement with ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-15-240-L04-P), you are NOT allowed to also receive CE credit for this home-study activity.

Activity Description

This is a featured CE activity on the Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) website. CSPE is the educational hub of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Most CSPE activities include the pathophysiology and clinical therapeutics of various disease states in which specialty pharmacy products and services are provided. CSPE also covers legal, regulatory and operational topics relevant to specialty pharmacy practice.

As the cost and complexity of specialty pharmaceuticals continues to grow, payers and the public expect providers of specialty pharmacy services to have been vetted through an accreditation process as a prerequisite for network admittance. Several accreditation options have emerged as this relatively new field grows into a major component of healthcare. All specialty providers are under pressure to gain one or more of these credentials. This activity is designed to present the rationale for accreditation while comparing and contrasting current accrediting bodies and their offerings.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity is pharmacists. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale and process for becoming an accredited provider
  • Outline the current options in specialty pharmacy accreditation
  • Discuss the differences in the process, approach and cost of accreditation options


Heather Bonome, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy

José Domingos
Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)

Anna Nowobilski-Vasilios, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Consultant Surveyor
Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA)

Terri Smith Moore, PhD, MBA, RPh
Office of Pharmacy Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants any significant financial interest or affiliation with companies that manufacture or market products discussed during their presentation. None of the speakers have any relevant commercial or financial relationships to disclose.

The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include the use of drugs for unlabeled indications. Use of drugs outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 04-08-2016
Expiration Date: 04-08-2018


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and NASP. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-16-100-H04-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based home-study CE activity (initial release date 04-08-16). This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. Completion of the evaluation and the post-test with a score of 70% or higher are required to receive CE credit. No partial credit will be given.


No external support has been received for this activity.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.