Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) recently updated its policy regarding the application process for all BPS certification examinations.
Effective January 1, 2019: All applicants intending to demonstrate eligibility for any BPS certification examination with practice experience must provide an attestation from their employer, on company letterhead, that verifies this experience accurately represents 50% of time spent in some or all of the activities defined by the applicable certification content outline. In addition, this practice experience must have occurred within the seven years immediately preceding the application.
Each BPS eligibility requirement has been selected to support the purpose of the credential:
EDUCATION – Minimal educational requirements have been established for certification eligibility to address the depth and breadth of knowledge and skill required to achieve competency to provide services in a safe and effective manner.
EXPERIENCE– Minimal practice requirements have been established for certification eligibility to address the depth and breadth of knowledge application and skill required to achieve competent specialty practice.
EXAMINATION– Applicants are required to pass the credential-specific examination to demonstrate that their training and education are sufficient to provide the level of care defined by the specialty-specific content outline.
BPS Executive Director, William Ellis, commented: “While BPS has audited self-reported practice experience previously, the board believes this step strengthens the rigor of the overall BPS board certification process and further assures stakeholders, including physicians, other health care professionals, employers, and patients that those who hold board certification meet very high standards to be recognized as a pharmacist specialist.”
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 as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today, BPS recognizes twelve pharmacy practice specialties, and more than 36,000 pharmacists worldwide are board certified.
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