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Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Announces Certification Program Changes
Date:2/27/2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announces future changes to the PTCB Certification Program. The new changes will advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB's standards for national certification and recertification. During the next seven years, PTCB will phase in the changes, including mandatory background checks, accredited education requirements, and changes in acceptable continuing education (CE) programs for recertification.

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"PTCB is elevating our certification requirements in order to meet the demands of the evolving healthcare system," said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister , MPA, RPh. "We have made bold decisions on what will be required for candidates to become certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs). Our Board of Governors is sharply focused on ensuring that the PTCB Program prepares CPhTs for the integral roles they play in supporting pharmacists in all practice settings." PTCB's requirements have remained largely unchanged since the organization's founding in 1995.

The PTCB Board of Governors decided that new candidates for PTCB certification will be required to complete criminal background checks, beginning in, or around, 2014. Many employers already require background checks as a condition of employment, and PTCB plans to collaborate with stakeholders to synchronize with the existing systems.  

As part of the 20 hours of CE required for recertification, individual CPhTs will need to complete one hour of medication safety CE, effective in 2014, in addition to the one hour of law CE already required. By 2015, PTCB will require all 20 recertification CE hours to be pharmacy technician-specific. Many existing CE offering
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