QUESTION: If I am employed as a pharmacy assistant even though I am regulated, how would the practice review apply to me?
ANSWER: All registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to be reviewed at least once every 6 years. If you hold a licence with the College, you will undergo a review when the pharmacy you work at is selected – regardless if you are in an assistant position. This means that pharmacy technicians in assistant positions will still be reviewed.
The focus areas for pharmacy technicians are:
The requirements for the focus areas will be posted on the CPBC website soon. If the compliance officer cannot observe these requirements they will ask you to recall previous work or describe the process by recalling the legislation and standard
QUESTION: Does the review become a part of your permanent record as a registrant? Like a report card? Or is it like completion pass/fail?
ANSWER: Yes, it remains on your file.
QUESTION: Will the practice review look at the pharmacy expectations of a technician as well as the technicians competence?
ANSWER: Yes, the Practice review program focus areas consist of legislated requirements that all College registrants are expected to know and be in compliance with. Currently the college assesses process and compliance with legislated requirements.
QUESTION: Pointedly about product distribution for technicians that work in non-community and non-hospital settings, how do you determine the criteria for a practice review?
ANSWER: Currently, the practice review program is implemented for community and hospital practice settings. We would need more information on the practice setting to determine.
QUESTION: If you work at more than one pharmacy setting (e.g. office as well as a dispensary), do you need to undergo the review twice, once for each workplace?
ANSWER: No, you will be reviewed once.
Registrants must submit a minimum of 15 hours of professional development on a minimum of 6 Learning Records every year. Effective January 2016, a minimum of 5 hours must be accredited learning.
This means, registrants will have a year to transition to the new CE requirements depending on their individual registration renewal date
Be sure to save the date for the 11th annual Pharmacy Technician Conference being held on October 28th and 29th, 2016 to earn those valuable CE's.
A pharmacy technician job involves helping a licensed pharmacist fill prescriptions. But a qualified pharmacy tech needs to know much more than how to count medication.
The job role has a wide range of responsibilities.
Duties include collecting information needed to fill a prescription, packaging and labeling prescriptions and coordinating and taking payment for prescriptions.
In some states, technicians are permitted to mix medications or get prescription refill authorizations from doctors.
In addition to these tasks, pharmacy technicians are responsible for: