The Board of Pharmacy Specialties certifications in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Nuclear Pharmacy, Nutrition Support Pharmacy, Oncology, Psychiatric Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy were accredited in 2014 for a five-year period by National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). 2014 marked the first accreditation for Ambulatory Care Pharmacy being that the first examination was not administered until 2011 and also marked re-accreditation for the other listed specialties.
BPS received NCCA accreditation of the above programs by submitting an application demonstrating each program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry. There are more than 270 NCCA-accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, financial professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more. NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.
NCCA accreditation is an important benchmark of quality and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in administering a professional certification program on the part of the certifying agency. BPS is strongly committed to the NCCA accreditation process and their certification standards because BPS has an obligation to the public, board certified pharmacists and other stakeholders to administer a program that utilizes best practices in governance.