What is an Added Qualification?
With the growing complexity in pharmacologic information, there is an increased need for focused areas within established pharmacy specialties. The term, "Added Qualification," is used to denote an enhanced level of training and experience within one segment of a BPS-recognized specialty that targets specific diseases or patient populations.
Currently, two Added Qualifications have been approved within the Pharmacotherapy specialty: Cardiology and Infectious Diseases.
Information to Apply for Added Qualification
- Candidates for Added Qualifications should review available online information and submit the appropriate application forms and documentation:
- The application form and portfolio for the review during the next cycle must be submitted to BPS by December 31, 2012. Candidates should make certain that complete information is included in order to avoid possible rejection. The application fee for initial conferral of Added Qualifications is $100 and the application fee for reconfirmation of Added Qualifications is $50.
- The Portfolio Review Committee evaluates each portfolio according to standards determined during the petitioning process.
- Once portfolios have been approved, successful candidates receive an engraved certificate from BPS.
- Added Qualifications must be reconfirmed every seven years. Reconfirmation is accomplished by submission of a new portfolio reflecting the seven-year period during which the specialist was recognized for his/her Added Qualifications. As with the original portfolio, evaluative standards will be established by BPS.
- Portfolio Requirements for Added Qualifications in Cardiology
- Portfolio Requirements for Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases
New Added Qualifications Recognition
Establishing a new Added Qualification is a multi-step process that begins with the submission of a petition on behalf of at least 25 pharmacists. These pharmacists are currently certified in the same BPS-recognized specialty. Please see the guidelines posted below.