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, 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 comprised 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. The call for committee volunteers for the 2014 policy development process is now closed. Further information for the 2015 process will be provided in spring 2014.
The Delegate appointment process for APhA2014 will begin very soon. 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. For more information on the Delegate's role in the policy development process, please view the Delegate Orientation slides. Further Delegate registration information will be provided in fall 2013.
In preparation for the 2014 policy development process and upcoming sessions of the House of Delegates, the Speaker of the House will provide various updates to Delegates and members through Speaker Reports. Read the first, second, and third reports from Speaker Bill Riffee.
The House conducts webinars periodically to introduce proposed policies and collect feedback from Delegates and APhA members. This year's topics are Care Transitions, Use of Social Media, and Audits of Health Care Practices. Listen to the archived, most recent policy webinar. Provide your feedback to email@example.com.
During even-numbered years, the Speaker of the House is elected for a three-year term by the House of Delegates. The elected individual serves the first year as Speaker-elect and the subsequent two years as Speaker and APhA Trustee. The election process will next occur during the 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. The application for Speaker-elect is available now.
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 several existing policies in 2013. Read the Actions of the 2013 House of Delegates.