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.
This year the House will begin its new year-long Delegate commitment, from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. 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. Further Delegate registration information will be provided soon.
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 or second report from Speaker Bill Riffee.
The House conducts webinars periodically to introduce proposed policies and collect feedback from Delegates and APhA members. Review the 2015 open forum on proposed policies which covers Interoperability of Communications Among Healthcare Providers to Improve quality of Patient Care, National Drug Monitring Program, and Sale of Cannabis in Pharmacies. Get a brief synopsis of the policy topics here.
Also, if you wish to learn more about two featured proposed policy topics, listen to a recorded webinar:
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. Visit the APhA Elections page for further information.
The House adopted several new policies and reviewed a number of existing policies in 2014. Read the Actions of the 2014 House of Delegates.