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New Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative Forms to Stimulate Interprofessional Engagement

Several leading accrediting agencies announced the formation of the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) on Tuesday to improve engagement across the health professions and more effectively serve the public good. Committed to discussing important developments in interprofessional education (IPE) and exploring opportunities to collaborate on projects, HPAC’s goals include preparing students to engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

HPAC members include the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).

After reviewing each participating agency’s accreditation IPE standards, HPAC members agreed that the definition of IPE and competency domains for health profession students identified in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) report are fundamental to educational programs in the health professions accredited by the HPAC members.