Tennessee Pharmacists Association
PTCB Changes

The information below is provided by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB):

REMINDER: New Application Deadlines for CPhTs
Effective in 2016, PTCB has implemented a new recertification schedule for all active PTCB CPhTs. Most active CPhTs have a new certification expiration date, while a small percentage are keeping the same expiration date. CPhTs are required to apply for recertification by the first day of their certification expiration month, or they will be charged a late application fee of $25. For example, CPhTs whose certification expires on May 31, 2016, must be sure to complete their required CE and apply by May 1 to avoid the $25 late fee. Read more.
Check a CPhT’s certification expiration date.

Pharmacy Technician Education Accreditation Standards Updated
By 2020, PTCB will require technician candidates seeking initial certification to successfully complete an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited education program. Pharmacy Today recently highlighted updates made in January by ASHP/ACPE to expand flexibility in training programs to meet the requirements of different experiential practice settings and compounding activities. ASHP/ACPE adopted the updates as recommended by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, changing the requirement that student technician experiential activities be performed in at least two different types of contemporary pharmacy experiences from “must” to “should.” Another change allows accredited programs to determine whether they wish to use hands-on training in sterile, nonsterile, or both sterile and nonsterile simulated training experiences. “Our 2020 requirement supports and advances improved patient care and safety across all practice settings,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. Read the full story.