Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Final Report of the 2016-17 Bylaws and Policy Development Committee: (Reflecting Actions Taken by the HOD on July 19, 2017)

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Final Report of the 2016-17 Bylaws and Policy Development Committee: (Reflecting Actions Taken by the HOD on July 19, 2017)

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The AACP Bylaws direct the Bylaws and Policy Development Committee (BPDC) to ensure that resolutions, position papers and similar proposals to the House of Delegates that seek to establish Association policy or action are appropriate and ready for consideration by the House. The Committee isalso charged with responsibility for receiving suggestions for alteration of the Association's Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws, preparing appropriate amendments in suitable wording that is consistent with the current Bylaws, and for presenting such proposals, together with the Committee's recommendations, to the House of Delegates for consideration.

This report contains eight adopted statements/resolutions ofpolicy, seven referred statements/resolutions of policy, adopted amendments to the AACP bylaws, and adopted modifications to AACP cumulative policies.


Three new schools were admitted into AACP membership on Sunday, July 15. They are Binghamton University, Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Texas at El Paso.


The AACP House of Delegates adopted the following statements:

Policy Statement 1: AACP recognizes the importance of academic pharmacy collaborating with pharmacy practice and other health professions in documenting and demonstrating the value of student pharmacists and pharmacy preceptors. (Source: 2016-17 Professional Affairs Committee)

Policy Statement 2: AACP believes that core competencies are essential components of graduate education. (Source: 2016-18 Research and Graduate Affairs)

Policy Statement 4: AACP encourages colleges and schools of pharmacy to equip student pharmacists, faculty, preceptors and other practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist providers, patients, families, and caregivers with the challenges of effective pain management and the prevention and treatment of associated substance use disorders. (Source: 2016-17 Argus Commission)

Policy Statement 5: AACP encourages colleges and schools of pharmacy to have an office or designated per-son(s) to focus specifically on community engagement. (Source 2016-17 Advocacy Committee)

Policy Resolution 7: AACP affirms its unequivocal support of equal opportunities for employment, advancement, compensation, access to resources, professional development, and leadership positions for all faculty, administrators, preceptors, trainees, students and staff affiliated with colleges and schools of pharmacy. AACP opposes discrimination based on an individual's gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal or state law. (Source: Submitted by nine (9) AACP member)

Policy Statement 8: AACP encourages colleges and schools of pharmacy and all relevant testing organizations to provide testing accommodations for student pharmacists with disabilities, at no cost to the student, in accordance with applicable laws. Approval for accommodation should come from the testing organization who writes and facilitates the exam. AACP also encourages appropriate appeal policies be in place for accommodations that have been denied or modified from what was requested. (Source: Special Task Force on Diversifying Our Investment in Human Capital)

Policy Statement 9: AACP encourages schools and colleges of pharmacy to proactively promote overall wellness and stress management techniques to students, faculty, and staff. (Source: 2016-17 Student Affairs Committee)

Policy Resolution 11: AACP discourages the use of PCOA results for any use beyond which it has been validated and encourages further research on the use of the exam. (Source: 2016-17 Council of Deans)


The BPDC referred the following statement to the AACP Strategic Planning Committee and the Board of Directors:

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2017; 81 (8) Article S14. …

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