Official APhA policy is developed by the APhA House of Delegates. Comprised of delegates from state pharmacy associations, APhA membership academies, affiliated organizations, recognized pharmacy organizations, and ex-officio groups (learn more about who can be a Delegate), the House of Delegates meets during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition to debate and adopt policy proposals developed throughout the year. The House sessions are presided over by the Speaker of the House of Delegates.
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) has its own House of Delegates to debate and adopt resolutions on issues of interest proposed by student pharmacists. The APhA-ASP House is composed of delegates from APhA-ASP chapters at each school or college of pharmacy and meets during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition.
The APhA House of Delegates thrives on member involvement, and a number of opportunities exist for you to serve your profession on a House Committee. Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone who wants to be a part of the policy development process. If you would like to vounteer to participate on a House Committee, please complete the Committee Nomination Application.
The House begins its year-long Delegate commitment, from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016 of the following year. It's not too early to begin contacting your state associations, APhA Academy leadership, or other recognized organizations to let them know of your interest in serving as a Delegate.
Selected Delegates are required to serve in the House of Delegates at the 2016 APhA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, March 4-7, 2016, which includes the Academy Caucus Sessions on Friday and Monday, and both House of Delegates Sessions Friday and Monday.
In preparation for the House of Delegates policy development process, the Speaker of the House will provide various updates to Delegates and members through Speaker Reports. Read the first report from Speaker Theresa Tolle.
The House conducts webinars periodically to introduce proposed policies and collect feedback from Delegates and APhA members. Review the 2016 proposed policies when available in the fall.
During even-numbered years, the Speaker of the House is elected for a three-year term by the House of Delegates. The elected official serves the first year as Speaker-elect and the subsequent two years as Speaker and APhA Trustee.
Candidates for Speaker-elect must review and become familiar with the APhA Conflict of Interest Policy and complete a Disclosure and Confidentiality Statement and a Candidate for Speaker-elect Application. Visit the APhA Elections page for further information.
2015 HOD Annual Meeting Materials
2015 House Reports:
The House adopted several new policies and reviewed a number of existing policies in 2015. Read the Actions of the 2015 House of Delegates!