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History of CSHP

Year Milestone
1939 Northern Alberta Hospital Pharmacists Association (NAHPA) established in Edmonton, active until 1941.
1940 Monthly column on hospital pharmacy, by NAHPA, in Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, continued for one year. - Nova Scotia Unit of Hospital Pharmacists established.
1941 Nova Scotia Unit Bylaws and Constitution approved.
1947 First meeting of the nucleus of CSHP held in Toronto, 17 attended.
1948 CSHP Constitution and Bylaws written. - First issue of The Hospital Pharmacist published in Hamilton, Ontario. - Ontario Branch established.
1949 Establishment of the Maritime and British Columbia Branches.
1950 CSHP incorporated by Letters Patent, Charter granted.
1951 Establishment of the Alberta and Quebec Branches.
1953 Establishment of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Branches.
1956 236 CSHP members.
1961 Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy moves to University of Saskatchewan, J.L. Summers, Editor.
1962 Residency Board established at Vancouver meeting of CPhA as the Board of Approval of Hospitals for Hospital Pharmacy Residency Programs in Canada.
1966 Residency Board name becomes Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board. - Permanent office for CSHP established at Canadian Pharmaceutical Association Building in Toronto. - 440 CSHP members.
1967 Establishment of New Brunswick Branch. - Establishment of Awards Program. - Part-time Executive Secretary hired with clerical support.
1968 Fellowship Program established.
1969 Executive Secretary becomes Executive Secretary-Treasurer.
1970 Atlantic Provinces Branch becomes Nova Scotia Branch as Newfoundland sought (unsuccessfully) Branch status. - First Mid Year Clinical meeting.
1971 Executive Secretary-Treasurer's position becomes full-time.
1972 Health and Welfare Canada approves grant for Unit Dose Study. - National drug distribution seminars.
1973 Mid Year Clinical meeting becomes PPC - "Professional Practice Conference". - 568 CSHP members.
1974 Professional Practice Conference expands to full three days. - Executive Secretary-Treasurer becomes Executive Director.
1975 PPC attendance exceeds 300.
1977 1,090 CSHP members. - Administrative Assistant hired.
1979 1,435 CSHP members.
1980 PPC exceeds 500. - CSHP shares new office space at 123 Edward Street with Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy. - Full-time secretarial assistance hired.
1982 CJHP moves to CSHP office in Toronto. - First CSHP annual meeting held separate from CPhA, in Regina, Saskatchewan. - Second full-time clerical assistant hired.
1984 1,708 members, PPC attendance 700. - Workload Measurement Summary Study published. - Full-time Publications Coordinator hired.
1986 Director of Publications and Staff Accountant hired. - 1,930 members. - First five-day PPC.
1987 PPC attendance 965. - Revised CSHP Mission and Goals. - 1,936 members. - New Strategic Planning Process established. - Residency Board begins on-site surveys.
1988 Established the CSHP Research - Education Foundation. - New Executive Director appointed. - PPC reaches attendance of 1,000. - 1,957 members (recorded as of December 31, 1988). - Translation services in office. - Office computer system converted.
1989 Approval of revised Bylaws. - New membership definition approved. - Decision to move Office to Ottawa. - 1,874 members (as of September 1 - mid-year mark). - PPC attendance 989. - Preparation of major discussion papers on Clinical Pharmacy Services, and Unit Dose/IV Additive Drug Distribution Systems.
1990 1,873 members as of March 31. - PPC attendance is highest ever at 1,086 attendees.
1991 2,056 members as of March 31. - National Office moves to Ottawa April 91. - Revised Standards, Guidelines, Statements published, in bound form , May 91. - $200,000 research grant approved to study effectiveness of clinical pharmacy services. - CSHP Research & Education Foundation receives charitable status. - CCHFA standards formally recognize CSHP Standards, - include pharmacy Patient Care standard. - 10 new task forces address current issues. - PPC attendance 1,106. - Pharmacy Awareness Week initiated, first full week of November.
1992 PPC moves to expanded facilities, attendance of 1,089 and luncheon format Awards Ceremonies implemented. - Video release A Day in the Life of a Hospital Pharmacist. - EOB goes to twice monthly publication. - Research and Education Foundation awards first two grants. - CSHP takes leadership role in developing national guidelines for sterile products compounding. - Member communication improved with implementation of President's Letter and addition of CSHP Booth at Exhibits. - Discussions initiated for conversion of BC Branch Bulletin Board Service to a National BBS. - Benefits of relocation to Ottawa realized with significant, successful increase in external liaison activities. - First 5-year review of the Strategic Plan completed by Council. - Membership reaches 2,113.
1993 Second annual Pharmacy Awareness Week becomes truly national, a CSHP/CPhA initiative. - Regular update of Standards, Guidelines and Statements with three supplements now published to May 1991 document. - Pharmaceutical Care endorsed and CSHP Statement on PC approved. - BC Branch bulletin board becomes Pharmascope BBS with 1-800 service offered on pilot basis. - Discussions begin with hospital pharmacists in Newfoundland regarding establishment of a Branch in that province. - Guidelines for preparation of sterile products approved and CSHP commended by HPB for its leadership role in this regard. - CSHP asked to provide a member on Senior Management Review Committee overseeing Drugs Directorate Renewal Process. - PPC attendance of 1,062. Shared registration availability reinstituted at AGM and PPC. - Membership reaches 2,310.
1994 Completion of first members' needs survey and establishment of Vision '97. - Approval for continuation of two Council meetings per year. - First annual printing of CSHP Official Publications . Released simultaneously in French and English. - Active participation with National Pharmaceutical Strategy on discussion of a national formulary, and a national strategy for pharmaceuticals. - Continued active participation on Drugs Directorate Senior Management Review Committee. - Presentation to CEO's of provincial hospital associations on Drug Use Management. - Preparation for participation in National Health Forum. - Approval of CSHP member on Board of Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs. - Trial of new Executive structure to provide more consistency in function at this level. - Reorganization of human resources at National Office to better meet member needs. - Membership of 2,466 at 31/3/94.
1995 Outline for a curriculum to educate members in a direct patient care role was developed and approved. Further development of the curriculum will continue. - Significant components of the 1995 Professional Practice Conference and the 1995 Annual General Meeting were dedicated to various aspects of provision of pharmaceutical care. - Interactive workshops related to the direct patient care role were incorporated into national education programs. - Task Force established to review the mechanisms for providing education to members, including format, accessibility, and financial impact.
1996 Newfoundland Branch established - Membership split fee schedule implemented - Personal Practice Inventory developed - Webpage on the Internet developed
1997 CSHP signs partnership agreement with Association des pharmaciens des établisements de santé du Québec - Direct Patient Care Curriculum is published in English and French - Reciprocal agreement signed with Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians - Establishment of Vision 2000. - CSHP celebrates its 50th anniversary
1998 Annual CSHP / CAPSI poster competition launched - Residency Mentorship project launched at 1998 AGM - Seamless Care workshop held and very successful
1999 CJHP redesigns its cover. - Task Force struck to investigate National Medication Error Reporting System. - Pharmacy Specialty Networks launched with list serve capability on CSHP Website. - Public Relations Fact Sheets published
2000 Official formation of Canadian Coalition on Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention (CCMIRP). CSHP and Health Canada – Therapeutic Products Directorate initiated concept and invited all relevant stakeholders
2001 CSHP representative appointed to National Steering Committee on Patient Safety, led by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, for the purpose of developing a national, collaborative, multidisciplinary strategy for improving patient safety - Membership survey conducted and results tabulated
2002 CSHP representative appointed to Occupational Study of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians headed by Human Resources Development Canada. Study subsequently renamed: “Pharmacy Human Resources in Canada, a Sector Study of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians” - Role and value of pharmacist paper submitted to Romanow Commission by Government Health Policy and Planning Committee - First tri-partite meeting of MAHP/ASHP/CSHP representatives in Bethesda, MD. - Membership reaches 2,207.
2002 First tripartite meeting between CSHP, ASHP and MAHP
2003 New strategic plan developed with renewed Mission/Vision/Values. - Governance review report received and implemented. - National residency matching (RMS) process implemented. - New Executive Director hired. - CSHP has started to deliver the EOB in a new electronic format. - The Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Practice published and released in February 2003. - AGM reaches 296 participants
2004 CSHP responds to CIHI/CIHR Patient Safety Study, pharmacare advocacy and medication incident in Calgary. - New enhanced website launched. - Tri-partite meeting with MAHP/ASHP/CSHP in Edmonton. - Signing of North American Compact Agreement with ASHP and MAHP. - PPC attendance at 1,176 participants. PPC held at the Sheraton Centre. - Membership skyrockets at 2,304 members. - Pharmacy Specialty Networks excel at 16 groups. - CSHP purchases new office condominium. - New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award launched. - EOB goes electronic.
2004 Signing of North American Compact on the Advancement of Hospital Pharmacy by CSHP, ASHP and MAHP.
2005 CSHP purchases commercial condomium at 30 Concourse Gate, Unit #3, in Ottawa and moves into new premises. - CAPSI collaboration implemented, with a four-part approach: hiring a pharmacy student to work at CSHP National for the summer, giving DPCC Modules on CD to 2 nd-year pharmacy students, a student symposium given to 2nd-year students to promote hospital pharmacy awareness, and a Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. - First Summer Pharmacy Student Intern hired Summer of 2005. - Tri-partite meeting with MAHP/ASHP/CSHP in Mexico. - AGM attendance hits the 400 mark (410 participants). - CSHP continues to work with ASHP. Agreement signed - all CSHP members can purchase ASHP publications at the member rate. - All award submissions now completed online.
2006 Hiring of a new Coordinator of Professional and Membership Affairs, the first time a second pharmacist has been employed by CSHP. - Hospital Corporate Membership category introduced.
2007 CSHP 2015 launched. - New Prince Edward Island Branch
2008 Confirmed support for the Blueprint for Pharmacy: Vision for Pharmacy and committed to work collaboratively to achieve its implementation plan.
2009 Launch of CJHP online.
2010 Launch of CSHP’s Advancing in ‘Medication Management’ eLearning platform.
2011 Launch of CSHP’s Association Management System.
2013 New/revised Bylaws and Articles of Continuance approved by members at AGM August 2013.
2014 Certificate of Continuance issued under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.
2014 Publication of revised Compounding Guidelines.

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