Transforming pharmacy practice through innovation – one patient at a time.

The American College of Apothecaries was founded on May 9, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1978, the Research & Education Foundation was established, and in 1998 the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists began. The existence of these three separate entities allows for the provision of numerous benefits to the Fellowship and the profession. Our Research & Education Resource Center was founded in 1998 in Bartlett, Tennessee.

Vision Statement

Empowering passionate pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care in thriving community practices.

Mission Statement

Conduct educational programs, facilitate networking and mentoring, and promote leadership that empowers pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care.

Core Values

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Integrity, Education, Independence, Sustainability

How ACA Works For You

The greatest benefit of Fellowship is the open sharing among Fellows of ideas for bringing greater success, both professionally and financially, to the pharmacy practice. The College is comprised of many individuals who hold leadership positions in other state and national pharmacy organizations and provides an excellent forum to discuss areas of mutual interest and benefit to the profession in addition to strengthening an individual practice.

Maintaining Fellowship in the College designates you as an individual who is committed to offering exemplary pharmacy services in your community. A number of items are available to assist you in marketing this fact to your patients, potential patients and other health care practitioners in your community.

The ACA was a charter member of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) which was established in 1977. The JCPP serves as a forum on matters of common interest and concern to national organizations of pharmacy practitioners and invited liaison members. The ACA served as Secretariat for the Commission for more than 30 years.


Vision Statement

Pharmacists will be the health care professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.

Pharmacy Practice in 2015

The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice. Pharmacy education will prepare pharmacists to provide patient-centered and population-based care that optimizes medication therapy; to manage health care system resources to improve therapeutic outcomes; and to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention. Pharmacists will develop and maintain:

  • a commitment to care for, and care about, patients
  • an in-depth knowledge of medications, and the biomedical, socio-behavioral, and clinical sciences
  • the ability to apply evidence-based therapeutic principles and guidelines, evolving sciences and emerging technologies, and relevant legal, ethical, social, cultural, economic, and professional issues to contemporary pharmacy practice.

How Pharmacists Will Practice

Pharmacists will have the authority and autonomy to manage medication therapy and will be accountable for patients’ therapeutic outcomes. In doing so, they will communicate and collaborate with patients, care givers, health care professionals, and qualified support personnel. As experts regarding medication use, pharmacists will be responsible for:

  • rational use of medications, including the measurement and assurance of medication therapy outcomes
  • promotion of wellness, health improvement, and disease prevention
  • design and oversight of safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution systems.

Working cooperatively with practitioners of other disciplines to care for patients, pharmacists will be:

  • the most trusted and accessible source of medications, and related devices and supplies
  • the primary resource for unbiased information and advice regarding the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications
  • valued patient care providers whom health care systems and payers recognize as having responsibility for assuring the desired outcomes of medication use.

How Pharmacy Practice Will Benefit Society

Pharmacists will achieve public recognition that they are essential to the provision of effective health care by ensuring that:

  • medication therapy management is readily available to all patients
  • desired patient outcomes are more frequently achieved
  • overuse, underuse and misuse of medications are minimized
  • medication-related public health goals are more effectively achieved
  • cost-effectiveness of medication therapy is optimized.

PCAB Accreditation is a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) that assesses the non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding processes as defined by a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. By achieving PCAB Accreditation, compounding pharmacies are able to demonstrate their commitment to compounding the highest-quality medications. PCAB accreditation, in combination with ACA’s commitment to continuous compliance, significantly reduces the risk associated with compounding medications and demonstrates a commitment to meeting the highest industry standards for quality and safety.

Founding of Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)

Established in 2007 by eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations, Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) offers the most comprehensive compliance solution in the industry, with standards based on U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) guidelines. PCAB assesses pharmacies that compound medications whether in the retail, hospital, mail order, or closed door setting. This includes the combining, mixing, or altering of drug ingredients to create a medication pursuant to a prescription order for an individually identified patient. An extensive on-site survey conducted by an independent expert and annual verification ensures compliance with the non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding process defined by USP <795> and USP <797>.

In 2014 PCAB Accreditation became a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). The alignment of the organizations ensures that safety and compliance needs are met in the most efficient and effective manner.

The Value of PCAB Accreditation

  • THIRD-PARTY RECOGNITION – PCAB Accreditation meets compliance requirements for a growing number of payors, networks, and regulatory bodies.
  • IMPROVED QUALITY AND SAFETY – In achieving PCAB Accreditation, pharmacies benefit from consistent practices that result in improved safety, efficiency, and quality of care.
  • RISK AVERSION – Adherence to PCAB standards helps pharmacies maintain compliance with all applicable USP guidelines.
  • MARKET ADVANTAGE – PCAB Accreditation allows pharmacies to distinguish themselves among their competitors by demonstrating a commitment to compliance with USP compounding standards as well as industry best practices.
  • OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES – PCAB’s educational approach to accreditation enhances business operations, helps inform effective strategies, and improves patient outcomes through evidence-based best practices.
  • CONTINUITY OF SERVICE – PCAB facilitates a standardized level of service that includes sound procedures, documentation, and training to ensure consistent performance across the entire organization.

Contact PCAB
139 Weston Oaks Ct
Cary, NC 27513