About BPS

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties ® was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association. The purpose of the BPS certification programs is to grant recognition of appropriate pharmacy practice specialties based on criteria established by BPS; to establish standards for certification and recertification of pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties; to grant qualified pharmacists certification and recertification in recognized pharmacy practice specialties; to serve as a coordinating agency and informational clearinghouse for organizations and pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties; and to enhance public/consumer protection by developing effective certification programs for specialty practices in pharmacy.

Currently there are more than 30,000 pharmacists worldwide who are BPS board certified in nine specialties: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, pharmacotherapy and psychiatric pharmacy. BPS has recently approved new pharmacy specialties in cardiology and infectious diseases.