A new accreditation program for retail pharmacies was developed and launched by the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC). The launch occurred at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando, Florida.
BOC is now accepting applications for Pharmacy Accreditation, which is offered to retail pharmacies in conjunction with DMEPOS Accreditation or as a stand-alone product. It demonstrates that a pharmacy meets standards established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the respective state boards of pharmacy standards.
The new program was introduced to an enthusiastic audience at NCPA’s Annual Convention, where BOC had the opportunity to exhibit. Wendy Miller, BOCO, CDME, BOC Director of Facility Accreditation, attended the conference and noted, “The pharmacy industry has seen a shift from the dispensing of medication to the more important goal of improving patient outcomes. BOC shares this goal, and Pharmacy Accreditation is an additional step pharmacies can take to protect patients.”
“Pharmacy Accreditation lets patients know we care about their safety and are providing the appropriate medication delivery and instruction,” said Mark Parris, Pharm. D, Rph, COF, BOC Board Member and owner of Parris Pharmacy in Blue Ridge, Georgia. “It raises the overall awareness of our services by demonstrating our compliance with the highest professional standards.”
BOC founder, the late Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, was a pharmacist before serving as BOC’s CEO. The BOC Offices were once held at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. “BOC always has had an understanding of and commitment to pharmacies,” says Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, BOC President & CEO. “As the field grows and adapts, it is our role as an accrediting organization to find innovative ways to help pharmacies and the patients they serve.”
Pharmacy Accreditation is an additional step pharmacies take to demonstrate to patients, government agencies, referral sources, and the public at large that they care about accuracy and safe practices. It raises the overall quality of a pharmacy’s services by emphasizing compliance with the highest professional standards. The BOC Pharmacy Accreditation page contains an application and additional information.