Overview of the CCCEP Accreditation section
This section of the CCCEP website provides you will all the information you need to:
1. Register as a program provider;
2. Learn about the CCCEP Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation;
3. Understand the guidelines relating to program types, reporting, learner recognition, and program materials;
4. Understand the guidelines regarding accreditation types and processes;
5. Submit a program for CCCEP accreditation;
6. Determine the accreditation fees you will pay; and
7. Obtain the forms you need to complete your accreditation application.
Each of these items is dealt with in a separate page in this section.
Introduction to CCCEP Accreditation
CCCEP accredits continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs that are intended for delivery to pharmacists or pharmacy technicians in Canada. CCCEP accreditation is by all provincial and territorial regulatory authorities.
Programs eligible for CCCEP accreditation may be designed for independent study, live presentation, or for combination of both of independent study and live delivery. CCCEP also review conferences, which may be Live, Independent Study or a blend of Live and Independent Study. Please refer to description of the Types of Programs in the Program Guidelines section of this website.
Unlike many continuing education accreditation authorities, CCCEP provides two avenues to continuing education program accreditation:
1. Individual Program Accreditation, and
2. Program Provider Accreditation.
The Individual Accreditation process is an expert and peer-review process. Programs are reviewed by subject matter experts prior to be submitted to CCCEP. Following submission to CCCEP for accreditation, programs are submitted for peer review by a Learning Review Panel. The panel reviews the program and makes a recommendation for changes to the program and on the accreditation of the program.
An Accredited Provider is an organization that is accredited by CCCEP to issue CCCEP accreditation for their own programs using the CCCEP Standards for Accreditation of continuing pharmacy education programs. Information on program provider accreditation may be found on the Accredited Provider section of the CCCEP website.
Benefits of CCCEP Accreditation
CCCEP accreditation is an assurance to pharmacy professionals that a continuing pharmacy education program is an evidence-based, relevant, and unbiased learning experience. Pharmacy professionals view the CCCEP logo as a sign of quality continuing education.
The CCCEP accreditation process is designed to ensure that the program:
(i). Has accurate, evidence-based content;
(ii). Is relevant to practicing pharmacy professionals;
(iii). Is bias free; and
(iv). Is a quality learning experience for the learner.
To achieve this, Continuing Education programs are reviewed for content by expert reviewers and for relevance and bias by peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are practicing pharmacy professionals from across Canada.