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Board Issues Emergency Rule Effective November 30, 2015

Delays Implementation of Accreditation Requirement for Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

During their November 18, 2015 meeting, the Board received and considered a petition from several chain pharmacies requesting a delay in the implementation of the national accreditation requirement for pharmacy technician training programs.  The current rule, adopted in June 2013, contains a provision requiring applications for the pharmacy technician certificate received in the Board office after January 1, 2016 to contain evidence of completion of a nationally-accredited pharmacy technician training program.  The petition requests a delay until the year 2020.  In addition, the petitioners suggested changing the requirement from a completion requirement as a qualifier for the pharmacy technician certificate to an enrollment requirement as a qualifier for the pharmacy technician candidate registration.  Following their deliberation, the members determined it appropriate to change the requirement from completion as a qualifier for the pharmacy technician certificate to enrollment as a qualifier for the pharmacy technician candidate registration, and further, requested the Board's Regulation Revision Committee develop a proposed revision to the rules to accomplish that change, and further, to give the Board time to complete the rulemaking process, voted to delay the implementation for one year - from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.  Since the original implementation date was just a few weeks away, the Board voted to issue an Emergency Rule for the one year delay, set the effective date as November 30, 2015, and directed staff to re-publish the Emergency Rule as necessary until the rulemaking process had been completed.  A copy of the Declaration of Emergency & Emergency Rule are available here.