IPEC Core Competencies

The IPEC core competencies were first adopted in 2011 and updated in 2016. In the years since the original document’s release and update, the IPEC core competencies have been widely disseminated throughout the health professions and embedded into both curriculum and accreditation standards.


IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Revision, 2021-2023

In May 2021, IPEC announced plans to begin a formal process to review and revise the 2016 IPEC Core CompetenciesKey drivers for the 2021-2023 revision include the need to empower the IPE community with the best available evidence and research related to IPE and CP; conduct a cyclical review on common definitions for competence, competency and competency framework; and ensure that this framework accurately reflects any changes in research, policy, and practice.

preliminary draft of proposed 2023 revisions to the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update is now available for open comment.

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IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update

This 2016 update reflects the changes that have occurred in the health system since the release of the original report, two of the most significant of which are the increased focus on the Triple Aim (improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care) and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.



IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2011 Original

This report is inspired by a vision of interprofessional collaborative practice as key to the safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care desired by all. The intent was to build on each profession’s expected disciplinary competencies in defining competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. The IPEC panel identified four core competency domains: 1) values and ethics; 2) roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice; 3) interprofessional communication; and 4) teamwork and team-based care.



Team-Based Competencies, Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice

This summary document is based on the February 2011 meeting that was held to advance interprofessional education, which provides both academic and clinical experiences for students from two or more health professions to work in a collaborative partnership to provide patient-centered care.