ACCP History, Objectives and Vision

History & Philosophy

In the 1960s, a group of eminent physicians formulated the concept of an organization dedicated to a new branch of pharmacology that dealt with the effectiveness and safety of drugs in man. As a result of their efforts, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) was founded on September 11, 1969. Today, ACCP consists of a full spectrum of healthcare professionals who remain dedicated to advancing clinical pharmacology with the goal of providing exceptional patient care.

As an organization whose primary role is education, ACCP does not concentrate on any one aspect of the discipline. Rather, the College seeks to address the educational needs of its diverse membership and all healthcare professionals, covering a range of topics that span the entire area of the interaction between drugs and humans. These areas include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical chemistry, biochemistry, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics, clinical pharmacology practice in the outpatient and inpatient settings, human toxicology, drug interactions, and clinical drug trials. The diversity of ACCP is expressed not only in the composition of its membership, but also in its leadership. Maintaining a balance of elected Regents and Officers from all pertinent professional backgrounds ensures that ACCP remains attuned to the needs of all professionals engaged in the practice of or with a strong interest in clinical pharmacology, from the research laboratory (academic and industrial) to the classroom, and from the clinical trial to improved patient care.


The objectives of the College are to advance the science of clinical pharmacology in all its phases and to engage in appropriate educational efforts in the public interest. These goals are to be attained in a manner consistent with the highest ethical and scientific standards.

Vision & Mission

  • To improve health by optimizing therapeutics;
  • Provide innovative leadership and interdisciplinary education that will enable the generation, integration and translation of scientific knowledge to optimize research, development and utilization of medication for the benefit of all.

Clinical Pharmacology Defined:

  • Promotion of rational use of medications in humans;
  • Innovative research, development and regulation of medications;
  • Education of healthcare professionals and patients on the optimal utilization of medications.

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