State Board of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Certification and Provisional Certification Applications Available Now!

Bill summary:

On June 3, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1242 Regulate Pharmacy Technicians

This new law goes into effect on October 1, 2019, and requires pharmacy technicians practicing in Colorado on or after March 30, 2020, to obtain a certification or provisional certification from the State Board of Pharmacy (Board). An applicant for certification by the Board must pass a criminal history record check and provide proof of certification by a board-approved, nationally-recognized organization that certifies pharmacy technicians. To allow time to meet the requirements, the Board may grant a one-time provisional certification of up to 18 months to an applicant who has not satisfied certain requirements for certification. The provisional certification may be extended due to hardships. Pharmacy technicians also must meet continuing education requirements before renewing a certification. The new law states that any pharmacy technician on duty must be certified or have a provisional certification. Finally, the law includes a sunset date of September 1, 2021.

Stakeholder meetings
The State Board of Pharmacy held stakeholder meetings to collect input regarding the implementation of, and rulemaking related to, House Bill 19-1242. The purpose of these meetings was, in part, to discuss the addition of Rule 29.00.00 and changes to include pharmacy technicians in Board rules 2.01.50, 2.01.52, 2.01.53, 2.01.56, and 2.01.80.

Listen to the Meeting Held on June 17, 2019
Listen to the Meeting Held on August 28, 2019.     Webinar

Next Meeting Scheduled Oct. 3
The Board will convene its bi-monthly meeting Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 110D, Denver, CO 80202. Among the topics of discussion will be HB 19-1242. Pursuant to statute, a portion of this meeting will be closed to the public. Future Board meeting agendas, dates and locations may be accessed here.

Agenda for State Board of Pharmacy Meeting on October 3, 2019

Pharmacy Technician Q&A