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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.
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.
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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
In order to practice after March 30, 2020, pharmacy technicians now must obtain a certification or provisional certification from the State Board of Pharmacy.
Pharmacy technicians must obtain a certification or provisional certification by March 30, 2020. Otherwise, they cannot practice after this date.
The Division of Professions and Occupations hopes to open the application process in the early part of January 2020. The State Board of Pharmacy is working to set up the application process and the new Rules that will govern the process and regulation of Pharmacy Technicians went into effect on November 30, 2019.
Yes. Certifications from national certifying organizations do not authorize practice in Colorado after March 30, 2020, However, a certification by a national organization is a requirement for obtaining a certification issued by the State Board of Pharmacy.
Applicants must have a certification in good standing as a pharmacy technician from a certifying organization, submit to a criminal background check, and must be able to read and write the English language.
If an applicant does not hold a certification in good standing as a pharmacy technician from a certifying organization, the Board may issue a provisional certification, during which time the applicant may obtain such certification. A provisional certification is valid for no more than 18 months, unless extended by the Board due to hardship.
A person who practices or offers or attempts to practice as a pharmacy technician without an active certification commits a class 2 misdemeanor for a first offense and a class 6 felony for the second or any subsequent offense. Additionally, the Board of Pharmacy may issue a Cease and Desist Order.
In order to renew a pharmacy technician certification, a pharmacy technician must present evidence of maintaining active certification with a certifying organization. This includes completing the certifying organization’s continuing education requirements.
The base fee for pharmacy technicians will be $57.
The application process typically takes 30 days. The Division of Professions and Occupations hopes to open the application process in the early part of January. Information will be posted on the State Board of Pharmacy website as soon as it is available, and also will be sent to key stakeholders.
If there is a hit on a background check, the review process can take additional time, up to and including review by the Board of Pharmacy. These hits do not automatically exclude someone from certification eligibility.
Yes. The form and manner in which you must submit your criminal background check will be in the new Board Rules that will be effective November 30, 2019.