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BPS Seeks Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists to Serve on 2023 Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council

A Minimum of One, Maximum of Three, Positions Available


Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) opens applications for board-certified psychiatric pharmacists (BCPP) to serve on the BPS Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council. The application window closes Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Applications can be submitted here.


In mid-2022, the BPS Board of Directors and APhA Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the BPS governing documents. The amended governing documents state that specialty councils are to be comprised of at least 10 members who are board-certified in that specialty area. Each specialty council may include up to two additional members, each of whom may be either board-certified in that specialty area or a pharmacist not certified in that specialty area but with other qualifications and/or expertise pertinent to the specialty area. This call for applications is to fill the newly added position(s) on the BPS Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council. The maximum specialty council size is 12 council members.


BPS Specialty Councils are responsible for:

  • Developing standards and eligibility requirements for board certification in the specialty area for approval by the BPS Board of Directors;
  • Developing examination material and setting the passing standard for initial and continuing certification of pharmacist specialists; and
  • Reviewing and approving professional development programs for the recertification of pharmacist specialists.


Application Deadline and Details

  • BPS must receive all the following items NO LATER THAN Wednesday, November 16, 2022:
  • Completed and signed application form
  • Completed Statement of Interest (300 words or less) responding to the prompt: “Why are you interested in serving as a member of the BPS Specialty Council?”
  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae


Desired Qualifications

BPS carefully considers the individual applicant’s expertise, experience, and professional setting to maintain an appropriate representation for the specialty area when making appointments to the specialty council. As such, the needs of each council are different and will vary from appointment cycle to appointment cycle.


Prior to submitting an application, pharmacists should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and required time commitments outlined in the Call for Applications Information Booklet, the BPS Conflict of Interest policy, and the Commitment to Serve. All BPS policies can be found on this webpage. BPS seeks applicants with any or all the of the following desired qualifications provided below.


Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist Member (a minimum of one, maximum of three positions available)

  • Practice focus: administration/practice management, biostatistics/research methodology, developmental disorders, genomics, neurology, patient safety, substance use disorder
  • Population focus: geriatrics, women’s health, pediatrics, public health
  • Practice setting: acute care/critical care, cancer center, health-system based hospital, home health care, managed care or mail-order, long-term care, community mental health
  • International perspective for consideration: education, training, association membership or leadership activities, and practice outside of the U.S. will be considered.


Questions can be directed to Ellie LaNou, BPS Director, Professional Affairs at


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 multidisciplinary 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 has currently issued more than 55,350 certifications held by pharmacists across 14 specialties.


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