Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP)

The Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) is responsible for quality pharmacy practice in Alberta. We

  • develop and enforce pharmacy practice standards and guidelines;
  • ensure that only qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are licensed, all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians maintain their knowledge and skills at the highest level possible, and all pharmacies provide a practice environment that supports quality practice and patient safety;
  • manage the complaints resolution process related to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies;
  • participate in local, provincial, and national forums when health policy is debated; and
  • promote patient-centred, collaborative health care that best uses the skills and knowledge of all health care professionals.

Our activities are governed by the Health Professions Act. This Act outlines the organizational structure of the college—namely Council and its committees—and dictates responsibilities related to licensure, practice review, and complaint resolution.

Our vision

Healthy Albertans through excellence in pharmacy practice.

Our mission

The Alberta College of Pharmacy governs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies in Alberta to serve, support, and protect the public’s health and well-being.

Our values

The Alberta College of Pharmacy values

  • Integrity – we are honest and demonstrate professional conduct and ethical decision-making.
  • Respect – we invite diverse perspectives and seek to understand.
  • Transparency – we have open and clear processes and engagement.
  • Accountability – we accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.

Three critical success factors

1. Quality Care

ACP’s primary responsibility is to ensure safe, effective, and responsible pharmacy care for Albertans. We do this by setting, guiding, and monitoring expectations for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. To this end, ACP incorporates and promotes six dimensions of quality identified in the Health Quality Matrix adopted by the Health Quality Council of Alberta:

  • Acceptability – Health services are respectful and responsive to user needs, preferences, and expectations.
  • Accessibility – Health services are obtained in the most suitable setting in a reasonable time and distance.
  • Appropriateness – Health services are relevant to user needs and are based on accepted or evidence-based practice.
  • Effectiveness – Health services are provided based on scientific knowledge to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Efficiency – Resources are optimally used in achieving desired outcomes.
  • Safety – Mitigate risks to avoid unintended or harmful results.

2. Public and Stakeholder Confidence

The health of Albertans is the heart of ACP’s business. ACP’s mission and vision focus on positively impacting the health of individuals through excellence in pharmacy practice. However, as a single entity within Alberta’s broader health system, interdependencies amongst partners and stakeholders are critical to success.

The public and ACP’s partners and stakeholders must have confidence in ACP and its business practices. Therefore, ACP considers the needs and priorities of its partners and stakeholders and pursues alignment to create opportunities and benefits that are not achievable by any one organization.

3. Effective Organization

ACP strives to be a high performing, fiscally responsible organization. Effective governance and strong leadership are foundational to ACP’s success. Council’s leadership determines the culture and priorities of ACP.

The Council recognizes the value of a strong administrative team and the importance of providing them the direction, resources, and environment necessary to conduct the college’s business effectively.

Strategic direction

Download a copy of ACP’s strategic direction  (PDF)

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