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The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Moves to Next Phase of Technician Recognition and Regulation
Date:5/27/2009

ng that pharmacy technicians be trained and certified.

"The task force's latest encouragement of this standard reinforces PTCB's place as the strongest certification program available for pharmacy technicians," said Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. "Having consistent requirements for pharmacy technician certification in every state is an important first step towards meeting the high standard of safety that patients expect and deserve."

NABP has been at the center of developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for states since 1904. NABP reviewed and approved the PTCE through Resolution 96-1-2000, which was adopted by the NABP member boards at the 96th Annual Meeting in 2000.

PTCB is currently the only certification program endorsed by NABP, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). PTCB has certified over 339,000 technicians since 1995, and more than 10,000 pharmacy technicians have applied for the PTCE since continuous testing launched on April 1, 2009.

About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB was established in January 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations - the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The goal of the PTCB national certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB contracts with Pearson VUE, the industry's technology leader, as its computer-based testing vendor. PTCB draws upon the experience and expertise of its 13-year partner, Professional Examination Service (PES) for test development.

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