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Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to provide a professional development program (PDP) for the recertification of board-certified pharmacists in each of the 14 recognized BPS specialties. The RFP outlines an update to the existing recertification pathways to include continuous professional development (CPD). This RFP concerns the assessed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) component of the PDP, not the CPD component.


This change will go into effect in 2024 and apply to board-certified pharmacists certified in 2024 or beginning a new seven-year recertification cycle in 2024. It will then be applied to each certification and recertification cycle until it is applicable to all board-certified pharmacists in 2030.


“BPS is pleased to release the request for proposals for professional development program provider contracts beginning in 2024. The modernization of the recertification framework recognizes the unique learning preferences of individuals and provides flexibility, without compromising rigor, to both PDP providers and board-certified pharmacists.” said Ellie LaNou, BPS Director of Professional Affairs.


The RFP can be accessed HERE.


The approved proposals will be awarded contracts for a seven-year period beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2030. The RFP contains all necessary information for responding to this request.



Timeline for Submission and Review of Proposals
Intent-to-respond messages from prospective PDP providers due to BPSFriday, April 22, 2022
Questions from prospective PDP providers due to BPSFriday, May 6, 2022
BPS responses to prospective PDP provider questionsFriday, May 13, 2022
Date and time of closing for submissionsMonday, August 1, 2022 at 5pm ET
Anticipated contract award decisionFriday, December 30, 2022
Contract period beginsJanuary 1, 2024


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 BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 54,400 active pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties. 


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