Standards of Practice

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Standards of Practice2018-09-28T19:47:36+00:00

To be accredited for Fellowship, Full Fellows must adhere to the Standards of Practice for Fellows of the American College of Apothecaries, with a minimum of 80 percent compliance and no more than 2 variations from Type 1 standards. These standards are considered practice ideals and should be pursued by all Fellows.


 Standard 1
The pharmacist shall be in good standing with their respective State Board of Pharmacy, local, state and federal regulations and legislative statutes and have copies of these documents in the pharmacy. 

Standard 2
The pharmacist shall continue his professional education by attending continuing education experiences and reading professional publications. Educational activities shall include at least one ACA annual or regional meeting every three years.

Standard 3
The pharmacist must have decision making authority for all professional decisions.

Standard 4
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco will not be offered for sale.

Standard 5
Food and beverages are not advertised or actively displayed.

Standard 6
The pharmacist will not be involved in agreements which provide financial incentives to prescribers to refer patients for services.


Standard 7
Compounded prescriptions shall be prepared according to “Good Compounding Practices.” This includes assurance that the medicine is dispensed with neat labels and explicit and complete directions.  A stock of compounding equipment should be maintained commensurate with the scale of compounding performed.

Standard 8
All new prescription medications shall be dispensed directly by the pharmacist to the patient or his/her representative. Complete dosage directions, precautions, proper storage conditions and other essential information related to the medicine shall be explained at this time to the patient or his/her representative.

Standard 9
A proper professional image shall be presented by the pharmacist to the patient. This image shall include neat, professional attire; open display of pharmacy and pharmacist’s license; and operation of the prescription department in an orderly manner.

Standard 10
Any professional promotions or communications program should attempt to assure that all patients receive adequate information concerning services and charges.

Standard 11
Professional surroundings for the patient shall be maintained in the pharmacy. These surroundings include waiting areas with chairs, consultation areas and stocking of health related materials.

Standard 12
The pharmacist shall serve as a source of health information to patients in an effort to optimize preventive medicine and health maintenance.

Standard 13
Twenty-four (24) hour emergency service may be offered with sufficient information available to inform the patient such a service exists.

Standard 14
The pharmacist shall maintain a sufficient library to optimally practice his role as drug consultant. This library shall include references on toxicology, drug interactions, compounding, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacology, medicine and others. In addition to the toxicology text, ready access should be made available to the local poison control center.

Standard 15
The pharmacist shall have the ability to evaluate the common signs and symptoms of acute self limiting illness.

Standard 16
The pharmacist shall have the ability to consult with prescribers about the proper drug entity product and design of regimens for patients.

Standard 17
The pharmacist shall have the ability to monitor the patient’s response to legend and non-legend medications.

Standard 18
The pharmacy shall be maintained in a clean orderly manner with good lighting and merchandise neatly displayed.

Standard 19
Patient records will be kept which document the recommendations and counseling given to the patients.