Mission

The mission of the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) is:

  • Advancing pharmacy practice through leadership, innovation and excellence in continuing professional development.
  • Faire progresser l’exercice de la pharmacie par le leadership, l’innovation et l’excellence dans le développement professionnel continu

CCCEP achieves this mission by:

  • Enhancing the quality of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) at the post-baccalaureate level;
  • Providing pharmacy professionals with a dependable basis to select quality CPE programs;
  • Enabling uniform assignment of Continuing Education Credits to CPE programs.
  • Promoting the standardization of CPE that augments the delivery of enhanced pharmacy practice.

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History of CCCEP

The origins of CCCEP goes back to October 1972. The concept of a national coordinating body for continuing education in Canada for pharmacy professionals had its beginnings in a national seminar that was sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Pharmacy and held at the University of Montreal. Representatives from each province attended. A resolution was put forward to appoint a steering committee that ultimately resulted in the foundation of the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 1973.

Prior to the establishment of CCCEP, the provinces functioned independently when organizing their continuing education programs. Sharing of information and resources occurred through an informal network of provincial continuing education officers. The major providers at the national level were the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association (now the Canadian Pharmacists Association) and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists who offered programs to their members.

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) was incorporated in 1994. Today, CCCEP operates from its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a part-time Executive Director and full-time Administrative Assistant.

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