January 17, 2014
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Update on Mandatory Background Checks
PTCB continues to study implementation options for requiring all candidates for certification to undergo mandatory criminal background checks. The implementation date is still to be determined. Once a plan is in place, PTCB will provide ample notice of the new policies and procedures to our stakeholders. PTCB requires candidates to fully disclose all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions. This requirement is described on PTCB's website and in the Candidate Guidebook on page 10.
Due To Recertify By March 31? Apply Now
If you have a March 31 expiration date, PTCB can accept your recertification application now. PTCB asks you to submit your completed application no later than March 1, your renew-by date, which is 30 days prior to your expiration date. Be sure to adhere to the renew-by date to allow adequate time for processing and avoid any potential interruption in your active status. To get started, please log in to PTCB's website using the username and password we sent you by email. For assistance with your application, refer to the new Video Recertification User Guide or the PTCB Recertification User Guide. Learn more about recertification.
New This Year! $99 Special One-Day Registration at APhA’s March Annual Meeting:
Expanded CE Opportunities for CPhTs
The American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 28-31, in Orlando, is the premier event in pharmacy. This year, The Power & Promise of Pharmacy offers a special one-day registration for pharmacy technicians for Sunday, March 30! By taking advantage of this offer, you will gain access to the highest concentration of CEs in one day, including:
Sunday CE Highlights
1. Getting off the Sidelines and Becoming a Leader
2. Improving Patient Outcomes by Improving Transitions of Care (PTCB- supported)
3. Fostering Professionalism from Day One
4. Adapting Your Compounding Practice to the Current Regulatory Environment
5. Strategies to Prevent Errors When Using Automation & Electronic Health Records (PTCB-supported)
6. What Does the Promise of Provider Status Mean to You?; and the second General Session
Other CE Highlights Register today!
Friday, March 28: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Provider Status
Monday, March 31: Disparities in Cancer Care (PTCB-supported); and an OSHA training course
For Sunday-only registration, please use promotion code CPHT14
Technicians registering for the entire conference also receive a special rate, plus the early bird discount if registered before March 3. To view all the sessions, visit the conference site search page
and select the ‘Pharmacy Technician’ category listed under ‘Pathway.' Your registration includes full access to the exhibit hall. Plan to stop by PTCB's exhibit booth. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando! Read more about the offer.
Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, CPhT
NEWS AND RESOURCES Coming Up
PTCB on the Road
PTCB made a presentation and exhibited at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, December 9-12. The conference offered the opportunity for PTCB to debut our new exhibit booth display. We enjoyed meeting many CPhTs, employers and educators, answering your questions, and hearing your comments. Thank you for stopping by.
Be Sure To Register for CPE Monitor
The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. Pharmacy technicians are encouraged to obtain their NABP e-Profile ID now, and register for CPE Monitor, if you have not already done so. Please be sure you correctly set up your e-Profile and regularly update your information.
Reminder: Check Your Profile
Take a minute to log in to PTCB's website to check your profile and review all information for accuracy in your PTCB Account. Please pay attention to your 'mailing address' and make sure it is correct. For technicians who just took the PTCE, an incorrect mailing address will delay delivery of certificates and wallet cards for two to four additional weeks. If you do not receive your mail where you physically live, and use a PO Box or other address, please ensure your mailing address is accurate. (Certificates are typically delivered up to four weeks after your exam date. If you haven't received your certificate after four weeks, please contact us and indicate 'certificate not received by mail' in the subject line. Include your name, exam date, and address for verification.)