New Continuing Education Requirement for Recertification of Pharmacy Technicians
Patient Safety CE Now Required
On April 21, 2014, the PTCB made an announcement on their website that all recertifying pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) are required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety; this is in addition to the required one hour of law.
As before, all CPhTs must complete a total of 20 continuing education hours every two years; however, now with their updated requirements, at least one of the 20 CE hours must cover patient safety. The continuing education courses must be based on the ACPE’s (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) patient safety (topic 05) definition, but Pthe CE hours do not have to be earned from only ACPE-accredited providers.
Why did this change occur?
PTCB administered a survey in March 2012 and 89% of the respondents surveyed supported adding a new medication safety requirement for continuing education.
“Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with duties that greatly affect patient care and safety, so it is important for CPhTs to be educated about how their daily responsibilities shape the medication distribution system,” said Scott Meyers, MS, RPh, Chair of the PTCB Board of Governors. “Adding the required hour in patient safety will help ensure CPhTs are prepared to safely assist with the practice of pharmacy.”
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