As previously announced, the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) has moved the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications. In this move the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) ceased operations on December 31, 2016. CCGP staff members have joined the BPS staff in the following roles:

  • Thomas R. Clark – Senior Director, Geriatric Certification
  • Courtney Moore – Senior Manager, Geriatric Certification

In 2017 the CGP examination will still be administered through test centers of AMP/PSI, the company used by CCGP. Four test windows will still be available in 2017 and the examination will continue to be the 150-item examination used by CCGP. In 2018, the geriatric examination will be fully integrated into the BPS structure and will be administered under the BPS structure with the BPS test company, using the two test windows (Spring and Fall) in which BPS examinations are administered. The geriatric examination will be 175 items, with four-option multiple-choice format. The role delineation study (job analysis) for the geriatric examination will be conducted in 2017, so the 2018 examination will have a new content outline derived from the 2017 job analysis.

The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential will become the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential on January 1, 2017.  Either designation (CGP or BCGP) can be used until January 1, 2018 as supplies of business cards, etc. are consumed. Pharmacists who certify or recertify on or after January 1, 2017 will receive a certificate from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties with the designation “Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.” These certificates are being developed and printed now and should be finalized by mid-February 2017. Pharmacists who recertify in January or February may need to wait to receive a certificate after they complete the requirements for recertification. We apologize for any inconvenience. All current CGPs will be issued a BPS certificate in early 2018.

The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy required 75 credit hours of professional development over the five-year certification cycle for recertification through the Professional Development Program. This amounts to 15 credit hours per year. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties has a seven-year certification cycle. The same equivalent annual amount of continuing education would be 105 credit hours over the seven-year certification cycle. This will be rounded to 100 hours per seven years to be consistent with other BPS certification programs, but the amount of continuing education will be essentially equivalent.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists will both continue to serve as continuing education providers for recertification through the professional development program for geriatric certification. Agreements are in place for them to continue through May 2021.

The CCGP website will remain live through the majority of 2017 and then information on the geriatric pharmacist credential will be available through the BPS website. A FAQ document can be accessed at

https://www.bpsweb.org/wp-content/uploads/Frequently-Asked-Questions-v6.pdf

Thomas R. Clark, RPh, MHS, CGP noted, “This action aligns two of the profession’s leading certification programs which will provide clarity for the profession and for stakeholders around these credentials.”

BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh stated, “BPS acknowledges the twenty years of leadership provided by CCGP in geriatric pharmacist credentialing and we look forward to working with the CCGP officers and staff during this transition.”