APhA lauds moving Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential to BPS portfolio

10/25/2016

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) responded Tuesday to the recently reached agreement between the the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) and the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) to move the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications.


 


“This decision is very good for the pharmacy profession and most importantly for patients as it creates alignment, synergy, and clarity for the board certification of pharmacists,” APhA EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan said. “It is also fitting that this occurs as the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is celebrating 40 years of improving patient care by promoting the recognition and value of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification of pharmacists.”


 


In 1973, the APhA Taskforce on Specialties in Pharmacy was created with four charges:


 



  1. To identify existing or potential areas of specialization in pharmacy practice and/or conclude that the practice of pharmacy does not lend itself to specialization.


  2. To propose a means by which such specialties should be identified if specialties do exist.


  3. To develop the means by which individuals should be identified as having met the predetermined criteria for such specialties, including recommendations for continuing education or re-certification.


  4. To consider other matters of immediate concern identified by the Task Force. 



The report of the Task Force concluded that “an official board with independent decision making authority should now be established and charged with the responsibility of formally recognizing specialties in pharmacy once they are judged to have met approved criteria. Furthermore, such board should be empowered with the final responsibility of granting certification to individuals who have met the qualifications for certification as specialists in an officially recognized field of specialty.”


 

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