Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) today solicited proposals for Professional Development Programs (PDP) for the Recertification of Board Certified Pharmacists. Recertification, which is required every 7 years, is a process in which a Board Certified Pharmacist demonstrates maintenance of a defined level of contemporary knowledge and skills.

Maintenance of certification can be accomplished by completing one the of the following professional development activities:

  • Achieving a passing score on the BPS recertification exam, or
  • Earning a prescribed number of continuing education (CE) hour provided by a BPS approved professional development program. Program providers must already be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The number CE hours vary amongst specialties based on requirements established by the BPS Specialty

Request for Proposals issued by each the eight BPS Specialty Councils is available today on the BPS website – https://www.bpsweb.org/resources/request_for_proposals.cfm

Contracts for Professional Development Programs for the Recertification of Board Certified Pharmacists will be awarded for 7 years beginning January 1, 2016.

“The goal of establishing contracts with PDP providers will be to provide additional rigor and stability for the recertification of Board Certified Pharmacists,” said BPS Executive Director William M. Ellis, RPh, MS.


Timetable for Submission and Review of Proposals Submission Process

Release of RFP:   Thursday, November 13, 2014

“Intent to Respond” from prospective PDP providers due to BPS: Monday, January 5, 2015

Questions from prospective PDP providers due to BPS: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BPS responses to prospective PDP provider questions: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Date and time of closing for submissions: 5pm ET: Monday, March 30, 2015

Anticipated Contract award decision:  Monday, June 1, 2015

Contract period begins:Friday, January 1, 2016

“As the premiere post-licensure certification organization, BPS is committed to reviewing and approving proposals in an effort to enhance the value of its recertification program based on the principles of continuing professional development and to meet the needs of Board Certified Pharmacists and the patients they serve,” said BPS Director of Professional Affairs Brian Lawson, PharmD.


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