In pursuance of its statutory obligations and functions, the National Pharmacy Council (NPC) has introduced a Continuing Professional Development program (CPD) to improve, renew, and update the skills and ability of all pharmacy professionals and to ensure that appropriate, high-quality health services are being provided to the Rwandan population.
After conducting a gap analysis survey to identify gaps and priorities, the CPD policy, accreditation standard and CPD program strategic plan have been developed. NPC has identified and accredited CPD providers that will support the implementation of the CPD program. So far 16 CPD providers have been accredited, among them teaching hospitals and pharmacy professionals associations.
In this regards, to insure the smooth functionality and collaboration between the CPD providers and the accrediting body (NPC) , a workshop to communicate the CPD policy, standards and CPD activities accreditation process have been organized on 20th November 2017 at SportsView hotel/ Kigali.
The workshop was highly interactive and included presentations, group discussions and question-and-answer sessions.
In addition to the CPD policy and accreditation standards that have been discussed. It was also an opportunity to share the CPD gap analysis results to CPD providers in order to highlight the CPD priorities. Practical recommendations were also proposed to easy collaboration between NPC and different CPD providers.