Message from Executive Director & CEO Everett McAllister
As you may already know, after a lengthy review and deliberate consideration of multiple factors, PTCB has decided to suspend implementation of a requirement that first-time candidates for certification complete an education program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE-accredited). PTCB originally announced in 2013 that the requirement would take effect in 2020 as part of a road map of program changes designed to keep pace with the evolution of technician roles. Additional dialogue and research are needed to address stakeholder input, develop supporting policy, and study today’s evolving technician roles.
First, let me reassure you that PTCB remains committed to advancing medication safety and establishing standards for technician certification to protect the public and advance patient care in every US state and territory. Second, PTCB is part of the broad pharmacy community and we listen to those invested in, and affected by, our policies. Our process will always involve a deliberative approach that serves patients and advances our common goals. And finally, I thank each one of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the technician workforce.
Your contributions to the health care team are invaluable and instrumental to the transition we are witnessing in the delivery of patient care. Transformation requires profession-wide involvement and participation and it is imperative that we build bridges and forge pathways to reach consensus in this era of advancement. Where there is unity and teamwork, wonderful things can be achieved. Advancing medication safety calls on the pharmacy community to reach a level of consensus together. Read the announcement.
Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference
Speaking of building consensus, Christopher Jerry of the Emily Jerry Foundation and Michael Mone of Cardinal Health will be keynote speakers at the invitation-only Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference, February 14-16, in Irving, TX. PTCB, as the sponsor, is working with other organizations to prepare for the invitational conference. Pharmacy stakeholders from across the country will convene to facilitate dialogue and gather recommendations on how best to ensure technicians are prepared to enter practice, regardless of the setting, in the face of tremendous variation in requirements across states and practice sites. The conference will strive to develop consensus on such topics as:
- Entry-level knowledge, skills, and abilities, regardless of practice site
- Technician scope of practice
- Recognition of competencies beyond entry-level practice
- Education, training, and certification requirements
- State board of pharmacy registration and licensure
Approximately 100 attendees will participate, including representatives of state boards of pharmacy, employers, educators, pharmacy associations, accreditors, pharmacists, technicians, and the public. Results from a pre-conference survey distributed across all professional sectors will help guide discussion. As a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance medication safety, our decisions are informed by the pharmacy community. Conference proceedings will be accessible via webinar.
Please be sure to register in advance for the webinar.
Join us for the PTCB CPhT of the Year Lunch on March 26
Please be sure to join us for the PTCB CPhT of the Year Lunch on March 26 at 1 PM at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco. CPhT of the Year Diane Halvorson will be recognized for her achievements in patient safety and advocacy. Please come, meet Ms. Halvorson, and mix with your colleagues at this special celebration.
Register for the lunch soon.
I hope to see you there!
Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh
Executive Director & CEO