REVIEW: Certificates and certification programmes for clinical excellence: A guide to international pharmacists




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Pharmacy practice continues to evolve, and knowledge update is necessary to facilitate better and safer patient care. This article provides information about certificates and certification programmes hosted for international pharmacists to support their scope in advanced pharmacy practices. A pilot online survey to 59 pharmacists revealed preferences towards Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) certificate, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacy (SIDP) Antimicrobial stewardship certificate programmes, University of Florida pharmacy certificate programmes, and Medication therapy management programme (MTM) for their certification programme.  Grey literature and authentic websites of each programme were collected to provide information on each programme. This article serves as a guide for international pharmacists to know further information about certificates and certification programmes available to support them in advancing their practice.

Author Biographies

Mohammed Salim Karattuthodi, Al Shifa College of Pharmacy, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Kerala, India

Assistant Professor and Clinical Preceptor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Shabeer Ali Thorakkattil, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), Saudi Arabia


Sainul Abideen Parakkal, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), Saudi Arabia

Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Services Department

Ajmal Karumbaru Kuzhiyil, Saqr Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Clinical Pharmacist

Anitha Jose Subin, Life Pharmacy group, United Arab Emirates

Senor executive, Learning and development

Thahani, Al Shifa College of Pharmacy, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Kerala, India



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How to Cite

Karattuthodi, M. S., Thorakkattil, S. A., Parakkal, S. A. ., Karumbaru Kuzhiyil, A. ., Subin, A. J. ., & Thahani. (2021). REVIEW: Certificates and certification programmes for clinical excellence: A guide to international pharmacists . Pharmacy Education, 21, p. 845–854.