ACPE accreditation

PCI soon to issue ACPE accreditation to Pharm. D students 
Monday, February 21, 2011, 08:00 Hrs [IST]

In a major boost to the pharmacy students in the country, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) will soon start issuing Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE ) recognition for Indian Pharm D students which will allow pharmacy students to work as pharmacist anywhere in the world.

PCI president Dr B Suresh, while speaking at a national workshop organised by IPA – Peenya branch at Acharya & B M Reddy College of Pharmacy in Bangalore recently, said that the ACPE certification which is a replication of certification provided by US University will go a long way in finding a job in advanced countries like US for the Indian pharmacy students.

The main advantage of implementing the certification for Indian students is that after passing out with Pharm D ACPE recognition, the students don’t have to give any test while they apply for the job and are eligible to get the job in US, UK or anywhere across the globe.

Dr Suresh informed that the PCI is going to conduct seminar cum recruitment session on April 9, 2011 for the 1st batch of ACPE Pharm D students which will be granted to the students passing out in 2011.
PCI stated that for ACPE certification, the students will have to give an online Naupits test which is an online test for 3 hours duration. After passing this test, they will be certified to work as pharmacists in advanced countries like UK, US and Australia. The students can also get hired as intern in these countries. During their internship programme they will be trained according to their desired field based on their interest.

The PCI is the statutory body formed to regulate the pharmacy education and practices in the country. Its duties include framing of education regulations, prescribing the conditions to be fulfilled by the institutions seeking approval of the PCI for imparting education in pharmacy and to ensure uniform implementation of the educational standards throughout the country.

Source: Monday, February 21, 2011
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