State Board of Pharmacy: Continuing Education

Continuing Education Requirements

From the Pharmacists, Pharmacy Businesses, and Pharmaceuticals Act
C.R.S. 12-42.5-115 Continuing Education

(1) Except as permitted in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, the board shall not renew, reinstate, or reactivate the license of any pharmacist until the pharmacist presents evidence of having completed 24 hours of approved continuing pharmaceutical education within the preceding two years. Subject to subsection (9) of this section, evidence may be provided by checking a sign-off box on the license renewal application.

(2) (a) The board may renew the license of a pharmacist who presents acceptable evidence that the pharmacist was unable to comply with subsection (1) of this section.

(b) The board may grant a six-month compliance extension to pharmacists who are unable to comply with subsection (1) of this section.

(3) The board may renew the license of the first renewal period following the issuance of the original license without requiring a pharmacist to complete any continuing pharmaceutical education if the pharmacist obtains a license within one year after the completion of the pharmacist's pharmaceutical education.

(4) To qualify for continuing education credit, a program of continuing pharmaceutical education must be currently approved by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education or an equivalent accrediting body as determined by the board.

(9) The board may annually audit up to five percent of the pharmacists licensed and residing in Colorado to determine compliance with this section.

(10) If a pharmacist fails to obtain the 24 hours of approved continuing pharmaceutical education, the pharmacist's license becomes inactive. An inactive licensee is not required to comply with any continuing pharmaceutical education requirement so long as the licensee remains inactive, but the licensee must continue to pay applicable fees, including renewal fees. The Board shall note "inactive status" on the face of any license it issues to a licensee while the licensee remains inactive. Should an inactive pharmacist wish to resume the practice of pharmacy after being placed on the inactive list, the pharmacist shall file an application to activate his or her license, pay the reactivation fee and - subject to subsections (2) and (3) of this section - meet the 24 hour continuing education requirement. If a licensed pharmacist engages in the practice of pharmacy while on inactive status, that conduct may be grounds for license revocation under this article.