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ACCP Report - March 2013

ACCP Releases Board of Regents Commentary

To clarify and expand on the College’s positions regarding the need for postgraduate residency training and board certification for pharmacists who provide direct patient care, the ACCP Board of Regents earlier this month released a commentary titled, “Qualifications of Pharmacists Who Provide Direct Patient Care: Perspectives on the Need for Residency Training and Board Certification.” The commentary cites previous ACCP positions on credentialing and clarifies the definition of “direct patient.” In the paper, ACCP also notes, “Many patients have medication-related needs that can be effectively met in ways other than through the provision of ‘direct patient care,’” emphasizing that other professional services provided by pharmacists on a day-to-day basis are of recognized value to patients and the health care system. The commentary is available at