The Canadian HIV/AIDS Pharmacists Network (CHAP) was formed in January, 1997, and is comprised of pharmacists involved in HIV practice across Canada. CHAP members meet on an annual basis, communicate regularly through e-mails, and collaborate on a variety of projects and publications.
In 2017, CHAP approved a change in name to the Canadian HIV and Viral Hepatitis Pharmacists Network (CHAP) in order to reflect the involvement of many CHAP members in the management of both mono and/or co-infection with HIV and viral hepatitis.
The membership structure includes a working group (made up of provincial representatives) and a general membership of pharmacists with an interest in HIV. All pharmacists wishing to join CHAP may do so free of charge, and are welcome to participate in e-mail discussions and attend the annual network meeting.
To bring together pharmacists with a clinical and research focus in HIV and/or viral hepatitis to optimize patient outcomes and promote the profession of pharmacy through communications, education, research, and clinical practice.
To promote cross-country sharing of experiences and information to improve patient care.
To develop practical, clinical guidelines on the role of the pharmacist in caring for patients with HIV and/or viral hepatitis.
To collaborate on research protocols which demonstrate positive drug-related outcomes.
To share continuing education resources, in order to make information on HIV and/or viral hepatitis drug therapy more accessible to community, hospital and ambulatory pharmacists, as well as patients.
To foster the development of HIV and/or viral hepatitis pharmacist mentors.
To promote the pharmacists role in HIV and/or viral hepatitis therapeutics on a national level.