NEW PRP FOCUS AREAS FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS IN COMMUNITY PRACTICE COMING DECEMBER 2017
Starting in December 2017, College Compliance Officers will be conducting Pharmacy Professionals Reviews for Pharmacy Technicians in Community Practice using a new set of focus areas that are more applicable to their scope of practice.
At its June 2017 meeting, the College Board approved the modification of the Pharmacy Professionals Review Focus Areas for Pharmacy Technicians in community practice.
The new focus areas were first introduced as part of the expansion of the Practice Review Program into hospital practice in February of 2017.
The focus areas for pharmacy technicians in community practice are now:
- Patient Identification Verification
- Product Distribution (new)
- Collaboration (new)
Under the direction of the Practice Review Committee, the College used input from pharmacy professionals and the College’s committees, together with a review of the College’s bylaws and policies to assess which additional areas within a pharmacy technician’s scope of practice had the most impact on patient safety. The result was the development of two new focus areas, Product Distribution and Collaboration.
Each focus area is designed to be relevant for pharmacy technicians practising in community or hospital settings.
Collaboration will be reviewed through the College’s existing bylaws and policies as well as the Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Technicians from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.
Product Distribution will be reviewed against College bylaws and policies that were recently amended to provide clear requirements for the preparation and final check of prescription products.
Learn more about the Practice Review Program, including how to prepare for your practice review, at bcpharmacists.org/prp.