Accredited Pharmacists (AcSHP)
27 September 2022
Update on ‘AcSHP’ recognition, new education pathways, awards and dedicated 2023 conference
Following further changes to accrediting bodies announced this week, we remind all current or aspiring Accredited Pharmacists that accreditation and reaccreditation can be undertaken immediately via SHPA, which confers the postnominal ‘AcSHP’ for professional use. SHPA is waiving annual re-accreditation fees for members.
SHPA will continue to work closely with Accredited Pharmacists on the SHPA Transitions of Care and Primary Care Specialty Practice Leadership Committee to ensure smooth transition of all credentials, regardless of individual progress toward accreditation/re-accreditation, and professional membership/s held.
New initiatives in 2022-23:
In December 2022, SHPA will launch two education pathways to support the clinical expertise of this growing cohort:
- Pathway for pharmacists moving into new embedded pharmacist roles in residential aged care
- Pathway for practitioners becoming Accredited Pharmacists.
SHPA is pleased to announced its new conference dedicated to accredited and embedded pharmacists in residential aged care will be held over two days in March 2023. Accredited Pharmacists who move their existing accreditation over to SHPA recognition by Wednesday 30 November will receive a $180 discount on conference registration, further to the existing discount available to SHPA members.
Also in 2023, SHPA will extend our national awards program, establishing new honours for established and emerging Accredited Pharmacists, plus a third honour for outstanding practice in residential aged care.
If you have any questions, contact our accreditation team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
As Australia’s only continuously accrediting body, and pre-eminent scientific and patient-centred pharmacy organisation, SHPA’s reaffirms its commitment to supporting the unique expertise of Accredited Pharmacists, and the crucial role they play upholding quality use of medicines and medication safety for patients who are at risk of medication-related harm and hospitalisation:
- As of 1 July 2022, SHPA will waive our annual re-accreditation fees (a saving of $170 for members, and $220 for non-members)
- If you renewed from 1 July and 19 August, we will refund your re-accreditation fee (we will contact you directly to arrange a refund if it applies)
- AACP members who moved their accreditation to SHPA will no longer be required to sit the 3-yearly MCQ exam
- SHPA accredited pharmacists who are BCPS or BCGP certified will no longer be required to maintain this certification to remain accredited (original certification still required)
- All accredited pharmacists will be required to provide evidence of 60 CPD credits relevant to their scope of practice annually
- Any SHPA members who let their accreditation lapse since 1 July 2019 can pay a one off fee of $165 to reinstate their accreditation (regardless of whether their BPS certification is still in date)
- We extend an invitation to all accredited pharmacists to join SHPA, through which we recognise your existing accreditation and confer the postnominal ‘AcSHP’.
SHPA remains proudly independent and patient-centred, guided by clinical evidence and the experiences of our members, who provide care directly to Australia’s most vulnerable and acutely unwell.
SHPA represents the needs of pharmacists with medicine expertise who work as part of interdisciplinary teams to improve the safety and quality of care for older Australians in hospitals, residential aged care facilities and in the community.
SHPA Recognition Process for AACP Accredited Pharmacists
Please see FAQs below for information on SHPA membership and transferring and retaining your accreditation.
No, if you are currently accredited by AACP to perform medication reviews and wish to transfer to SHPA, you can do so for a one off cost of $390 (inc GST).
You can choose to join SHPA and transfer your AACP accreditation for no additional cost, plus you unlock the benefits of SHPA membership including access to
- SHPA's specialty practice networks
- CPD planning and recording tool
- extensive education programs
- discounted access to SHPA's Medicines Management Confernce
In 2022/23 SHPA full pharmacist membership costs $594 (incl. GST).
When you join SHPA, you will need to provide your current AACP certificate.
If you are an SHPA member who would like to have their AACP accreditation recognised by SHPA, please complete the transfer form.
For annual re-accreditation all accredited pharmacists (SHPA and AACP) will need to provide:
- Evidence of current pharmacist registration with AHPRA
- Evidence of completing at least 60 CPD credits (of which no more than 10 credits are Group 1). Applicants will have to submit their CPD learning plan as well as their CPD record.
No, there is no expectation that pharmacists accredited through AACP complete the BCGP or BCPS exam to maintain their accreditation with SHPA.
As of the 1st July 2022, SHPA will not charge an annual re-accreditation fee.
All accredited pharmacists will be issued an SHPA accreditation number and an accreditation certificate and SHPA members will also be able to use the post-nominal AcSHP.
Each year on completion of annual re-accreditation requirements, SHPA will issue a re-accreditation certificate.
No, as one of the recognised accrediting bodies, SHPA will provide your details to PPA so you can claim for providing reviews.