How is this different from the former 2020 accredited education initiative that was suspended in 2017?

When PTCB suspended the 2020 accredited education initiative, we did so because we realized additional deliberation and research were needed to address stakeholder input, develop supporting policy, and conduct further study of technician roles.

In 2018, PTCB announced two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program to provide a comprehensive response to the feedback we received. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline, focusing the scope of the exam on core knowledge relevant across practice settings. The second is an updated education/training requirement. Both changes are supported by PTCB’s most recent job analysis of pharmacy technicians conducted in 2016. With these changes, PTCB reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that the certification of pharmacy technicians improves medication safety and patient care.

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