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File a Complaint With ACPE

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits doctor of pharmacy programs offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico. For a doctor of pharmacy program offered by a new college or school of pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: pre-candidate status, candidate status, and full accreditation. Full accreditation is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure, by examination or reciprocity, reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

ACPE has an obligation to respond to any complaints which may be lodged against it by any institution, student, faculty or third party in respect to the application of ACPE’s standards, policies and procedures where the complaining party is directly affected thereby. Any such complaint shall be submitted in writing. The executive director shall promptly determine the facts surrounding the issues and shall attempt to resolve the matter in consultation with the Public Interest Panel established pursuant to Article V of the ACPE By-Laws. Complaints that cannot be resolved by the executive director shall be considered and resolved at the next regular meeting of the council. The time frame for resolution is generally within six months.

To file a complaint with the ACPE (regarding a professional degree program), email ACPE

To learn more about the formal complaint process through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), please visit:

More information on complaints is available through the ACPE website.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
Fax 312.664.4652.