Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) solicits proposals for Professional Development Programs (PDP) for the Recertification of Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacists (BCCP) and Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (BCIDP). Recertification, which is required every seven 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


  • 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 Councils.


Request for Proposals issued the BPS Specialty Councils is available on the BPS website –

Cardiology Pharmacy Request for Proposal:


Infectious Diseases Request for Proposal:



Contracts for this particular RFP for Professional Development Programs for the Recertification of Board Certified Pharmacists will be awarded for 4 years beginning January 1, 2019.


“BPS-approved professional development programs provide Board Certified Pharmacists with a variety of continuing education offerings that are of high-quality, rigorous, and relevant to contemporary pharmacy specialty practice” said BPS Director, Professional Affairs Brian Lawson, PharmD.


Timetable for Submission and Review of Proposals

Submission Process:

Release of RFP: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
“Intent to Respond” from prospective PDP providers due to BPS: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Questions from prospective PDP providers due to BPS: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
BPS responses to prospective PDP provider questions: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Date and time of closing for submissions: 5pm ET: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Anticipated contract award decision: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Contract period begins: Tuesday, January 1, 2019


About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.


Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to accept today’s expanding professional expectations.  Currently over 30,000 pharmacists hold BPS Board Certification.


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