Michael J. Rouse, BPharm(Hons), MPS, FFIP

Michael J. Rouse, BPharm(Hons), MPS, FFIP

Assistant Executive Director, Professional Affairs and Director, International Services
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Born in Zimbabwe, Mike Rouse worked in hospital and community pharmacy and was chief executive of Zimbabwe’s largest group of pharmacies before moving to the USA in 2001. He works at the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education where he is Assistant Executive Director, Professional Affairs, and Director, International Services. He coordinated the 2007 revision of ACPE’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Standards. Rouse has published over 70 articles and book chapters on quality assurance of pharmacy education, education and training of pharmacy technicians, continuing professional development (CPD), contemporary pharmacy practice, advancing pharmacy education globally, and credentialing in pharmacy. He is a global leader in advancing the CPD model for pharmacist’s lifelong learning and he has introduced the model in several countries. His publications and work on this subject are widely cited. Rouse co-authored a major work describing the scope of practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the USA.

In 2011, Rouse established ACPE’s International Services Program (ISP), which now certifies (“international accreditation”) 14 pharmacy degree programs in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, India, and Northern Cyprus. Applications for certification are in process from Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Iraq. ISP is the largest pharmacy-specific accreditation body operating internationally. Under Rouse’s leadership, ACPE has established Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the national accreditation bodies in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and India.

Rouse established the International Forum for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education and led the development of FIP’s Global Framework for Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Education (2008, 2014). He is one of the Leads in the Workforce Development Hub of FIP Education (FIPEd), with primary responsibility for Quality Assurance. He also served as Co-Lead for Continuing Education/Continuing Professional Development on the FIPEd Education Development Team.

Rouse is a past-president of the Pharmaceutical Society and the National Pharmaceutical Council of Zimbabwe. For over 30 years he has been active in FIP, serving on the Board of Directors, Board of Pharmaceutical Practice, Board of the FIP Foundation for Education and Research, and Executive Committees of the Community and Academic Sections. He contributed to several FIP working groups and policy development, and materials resulting from his work have been used to advance pharmacy practice and education in a number of countries. He has travelled to approximately 80 countries, has been a speaker at numerous state, national, regional, and international congresses, and served as a consultant on issues related to quality of pharmacy education, including for the World Health Organization (WHO).