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C.E. REQUIREMENTS FOR FLORIDA PHARMACISTS 

GENERAL CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (GCE)

Florida licensed pharmacists are required to obtain thirty (30) hours of approved courses of continuing pharmacy education per biennial (24 month period).Ten (10) of the thirty (30) hours of approved courses of continuing pharmacy education must be LIVE continuing education hours. LIVE continuing education is defined as either a live meeting, a live video teleconference, or through an interactive web-based application.

Next Renewal Date: September 30, 2017 

 

MEDICATION ERRORS CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

As a part of the biennial renewal, pharmacists are required to complete a two (2) hour Florida Board of Pharmacy approved course on Medication Errors. The course must contain the following components: (a) root-cause analysis; (b) error reduction and prevention; (c) patient safety. The two (2) hour program may be applied towards the thirty-hour (30) hours of required continuing education for Florida licensed pharmacists. 

 

HIV/AIDS CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Effective July 1, 2006, applicants for re-licensure are no longer required to show proof of a course on HIV/AIDS as part of the license renewal process.

 

UPON A LICENSEE’S FIRST RENEWAL OF LICENSURE, the licensee must document the completion of one (1) hour of a Board approved HIV/AIDS continuing education credit. The topics must include: Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; the modes of transmission, including transmission from a healthcare worker to a patient and the patient to the healthcare worker; infection control procedures, including universal precautions; epidemiology of the disease; related infections including tuberculosis (TB); clinical management; prevention; and current Florida law on AIDS and its impact on testing, confidentiality of test results, and treatment of patients. In order to meet this requirement, licensees must demonstrate that the course includes information on the State of Florida law on HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing, reporting, the offering of HIV testing to pregnant women, and partner notification issues pursuant to Sections 381.004 and 384.25, Florida Statutes. Any HIV/AIDS continuing education course taken during the second or subsequent renewal of licensure may be applied to satisfy the general continuing education hours requirement. 

 

CONSULTANT RE-CERTIFICATION CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (CRC)

Florida licensed consultant pharmacists must complete no less than twenty-four (24) hours of Board approved consultant continuing education per biennial (24 month period). Course content for consultant re-certification programs must consist of at least three (3) hour blocks of self contained training in specified subjects.

Next Renewal Date: December 31, 2018  

 

NEW TWO-HOUR C.E. REQUIREMENT

The Board of Pharmacy has added a new 2 hour requirement for licensed pharmacists that is effective immediately.

64B16-27.831 Standards of Practice for the Dispensing of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain (6) Mandatory Continuing Education: All pharmacists shall complete a Board-approved 2-hour continuing education course on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances. The course content shall include the following:


(a) Ensuring access to controlled substances for all patients with a valid prescription;

(b) Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Database;

(c) Assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value;

(d) Detection of prescriptions not based on a legitimate medical purpose; and

(e) The laws and rules related to the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

All licensed pharmacists shall complete the required course during the biennium ending on September 30, 2017. A 2-hour course shall be taken every biennium thereafter. The course shall count towards the mandatory 30 hours of CE required for licensure renewal.All newly licensed pharmacists must complete the required course before the end of the first biennial renewal period.


TRACKING CONTINUING EDUCATION 

CE BROKER is the official continuing education system for the Florida Department of Health and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. As a licensed healthcare professional in Florida, you can subscribe to CE Broker and view your progress toward meeting your continuing education requirements. At any time, you can view your personal transcript information that has been posted by both you and approved educational providers, like FSHP. Subscription to CE Broker is optional.  

As an approved provider of pharmacist and pharmacy technician C.E., FSHP is responsible for uploading C.E. into CE Broker after credits have been validated. If you attend a live or online continuing education program that is not offered by an approved Florida provider, please note that it is your responsibility to self-submit these credits to count towards your license or registration renewal. The Florida Board of Pharmacy will utilize CE Broker at the end of pharmacist and pharmacy technician renewal cycles to confirm that all required C.E. has been met. 

NEW!!  There have been changes to the license renewal process.  Please visit www.CEatRenewal.com to learn more.

This year CE Broker will be implementing a new process whereby when you renew your license online the system will check to make sure that you are in compliance. For this year, it is considered a soft renewal, there will not be implications if you do not have all credits reported at the time of renewal, you will be notified of your C.E. status-complete or not, but still able to renew. In 2015, all required credits must be reported at the time of renewal or you will NOT be able to renew.   

 

CPE MONITOR is a national, collaborative effort by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits.    

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will receive a unique identification number (ID) after setting up their e-Profile with NABP. ACPE providers will upload C.E. credits for meeting participants with an NABP e-Profile ID into CPE Monitor. Pharmacists licensed in other states can view credits that have been uploaded by ACPE accredited providers towards those state licenses. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may obtain their NABP e-Profile ID, the unique identification by going to www.MyCPEmonitor.net.  

On January 1, 2013, FSHP began uploading into CPE Monitor. Please make sure that you have updated your member profile with your NABP e-Profile ID and month and date of your birthday. C.E. Statements will not be issued without this information. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Tamekia Bennett at 850-906-9333 ext 2 or tamekia@fshp.org

 


PHARMACY TECHNICIAN CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

STATE REGISTRATION

Florida registered technicians are required to obtain twenty (20) hours of approved courses of continuing pharmacy education per biennial (24 month period). Four (4) of the twenty (20) hours of approved courses of continuing pharmacy education must be LIVE continuing education hours. LIVE continuing education is defined as either a live meeting, a live video teleconference, or through an interactive web-based application.

Next Renewal Date: December 31, 2018 

 

MEDICATION ERRORS CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

As a part of the biennial renewal, pharmacy technicians are required to complete a two (2) hour Florida Board of Pharmacy approved course on Medication Errors. The course must contain the following components: (a) root-cause analysis; (b) error reduction and prevention; (c) patient safety. The two (2) hour program may be applied towards the twenty-hour (20) hours of required continuing education for Florida registered technicians 

 

HIV/AIDS CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for registration renewal are no longer required to show proof of a course on HIV/AIDS as part of the registration renewal process.

 

UPON A TECHNICIAN’S FIRST RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION, the technician must document the completion of one (1) hour of a Board approved HIV/AIDS continuing education credit. The topics must include: Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; the modes of transmission, including transmission from a healthcare worker to a patient and the patient to the healthcare worker; infection control procedures, including universal precautions; epidemiology of the disease; related infections including tuberculosis (TB); clinical management; prevention; and current Florida law on AIDS and its impact on testing, confidentiality of test results, and treatment of patients. In order to meet this requirement, licensees must demonstrate that the course includes information on the State of Florida law on HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing, reporting, the offering of HIV testing to pregnant women, and partner notification issues pursuant to Sections 381.004 and 384.25, Florida Statutes. Any HIV/AIDS continuing education course taken during the second or subsequent renewal of licensure may be applied to satisfy the general continuing education hours requirement. 

 

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION THROUGH PTCB

Certified Pharmacy Technicians must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education in pharmacy-related subject matter during each two (2) year re-certification cycle. For recertification candidates, one (1) hour of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety (refer to Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety.

Read more at www.ptcb.org 


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