International Overview

In recent years, CCAPP has selectively offered its services to international universities with professional degree programs in pharmacy and international college institutions training pharmacy technician students. These services have included:

  • Performing benchmarking studies and other forms of evaluation of international programs using CCAPP and other Canadian experts, in a process that has no accreditation outcomes.
  • In very selected cases, conducting evaluation reviews of international programs for the purpose of making an accreditation award using CCAPP program standards. International institutions should note that while an accreditation award may be granted, the implications of this CCAPP award for graduates from these programs toward future licensure or registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician may be subject to additional requirements of Canadian provincial pharmacy regulatory authorities.

In assessing requests by international programs for assistance from CCAPP to perform any form of service, the CCAPP board has established the following criteria that may be applied:

  • The country of the requesting institution must have established diplomatic relations with Canada. For some countries, economic, trade, or other forms of exchange or cooperation agreements with Canada or a province of Canada should be in place.
  • The principal purpose of the request from an international university should be to advance the quality of pharmacy education at the university or country to a model that is similar to pharmacy education in Canada. Requests for assistance that are made solely for the purpose of facilitating graduates to immigrate to Canada as pharmacists or pharmacy technicians are not encouraged. Similarly, requests that are made by a university to enhance the competitive or promotion self-interest of the university above other universities in the country for prospective applicants are also discouraged.
  • The academic program and curriculum that is intended to be reviewed can be mapped against AFPC educational outcomes and NAPRA competencies.
  • The program appears to meet all CCAPP accreditation standards for either the baccalaureate, PharmD (FPD or post-baccalaureate), or pharmacy technician programs.
  • The institutional environment or setting for the pharmacy program is equivalent to a university and includes a mission that encompasses professional education, scholarship, research, clinical practice, and professional service.
  • The role of the pharmacist, the practice of pharmacy, structure and comprehensiveness of the health care system, and regulatory system for pharmaceuticals are similar to those that exist in Canada.
  • The source of the principal funding of the university or college (private vs. public) may be a factor used in the consideration of the request.
  • No restrictions on the selection of the site visit team members will be imposed on CCAPP by the international university or country, nor are there any unreasonable restrictions on the activities or duties of team members while conducting the site visit.
  • The location of the site visit presents no unreasonable length of travel or accommodation issues. The international program will be fully responsible for securing visa permits for site team members, providing business class air flight tickets for all team members and arranging business class hotel accommodations. Nor does the location of the university present any safety or well-being concerns for site visit team members.
  • The international university or program is responsible for providing sufficient information or evidence to CCAPP to confirm that it understands these criteria and fully complies with the intent of these criteria.
  • The onus is on the international university that it can provide evidence that it meets these criteria. It is not CCAPP’s responsibility to generate the evidence to support an application or inquiry from an international university for CCAPP assistance.

Universities, schools of pharmacy, government agencies, professional or regulatory bodies for pharmacy should contact the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs directly to obtain further information concerning potential international services, collaborations, or reviews. The contact details for CCAPP are:

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
1207 - 144 College Street
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5S 3M2
Tel: (416) 946-5055
Fax: (416) 978-8511