State Board of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Certification and Provisional Certification Applications Available Now!

 

Listen to Webinar on Pharmacy Tech Certification Requirements

The Division of Professions and Occupations held an educational webinar on Thursday, Feb. 6 about the new state certification requirement for all pharmacy technicians in Colorado.

Please click here to view the webinar that clarifies rules and answers participant questions on the new requirements. 

Under a new state law, pharmacy technicians must obtain a certification from the State Board of Pharmacy (Board) by March 30, 2020. This means pharmacy technicians in Colorado cannot practice on or after March 30, 2020, without a certification or a provisional certification from the Board. Governor Jared Polis signed the bill HB19-1242 - Regulate Pharmacy Technicians on June 3, 2019.  

The application is available on the pharmacy technicians webpage.  The fee for a pharmacy technician certification or provisional certification is $57.

The Board held a Rulemaking Hearing on October 3, 2019, and the new rules affecting pharmacy technicians went into effect on November 30, 2019. Certification requirements are located in Rule 29, which is found on page 199 of the new Rules. Pharmacy technicians should apply for certification (provisional or non-provisional certificate) as soon as possible to ensure they can continue practicing on or after March 30, 2020. We encourage all pharmacy technicians to review the new Rules as well as the FAQ on the Board’s website

If you have additional questions, please send an e-mail to dora_pharmacyboard@state.co.us.


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

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