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PTCB adds patient safety CE requirement for Rx techs
April 22nd, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is including a new continuing education (CE) requirement for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) seeking recertification.
PTCB said Monday that CPhTs eligible to recertify must now complete one hour of CE in patient safety, in addition to the currently required hour of law CE, as part of 20 hours of CE needed for recertification.
The new requirement is one of the planned Certification Program changes PTCB announced early last year to advance CPhT qualifications.
PTCB noted that it has adopted the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety described in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual. Though PTCB-acceptable patient safety CE courses must be based on ACPE's patient safety (topic 05) definition, the board said it won't require CE credits to be earned only from ACPE-accredited providers.
"Certified pharmacy technicians are essential members of the pharmacy practice team," Everett McAllister, executive director and chief executive officer of PTCB, said in a statement. "By continually learning more about how to prevent harm, CPhTs can have a positive impact on advancing the patient safety culture within pharmacies and the entire continuum of care."
A professionwide online poll conducted by PTCB in March 2012 revealed that 89% of respondents to supported adding a medication safety CE requirement for recertification.
"Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with duties that greatly affect patient care and safety, so it is important for CPhTs to be educated on how their daily responsibilities shape the medication distribution system," commented Scott Meyers, chairman 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."
PTCB added that other planned certification program changes include American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-accredited education requirements for certification by 2020 and additional changes in acceptable CE programs for recertification, including requiring all 20 CE hours to be pharmacy technician-specific in 2015. Allowable CE hours from college courses will be reduced from 15 to 10 by 2016, and allowable in-service CE hours will be phased out by 2018.