Chapter 4729:3-2 Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Procedures

4729:3-2-01 Registration procedures.

(A) An applicant for registration as a pharmacy technician trainee shall:

(1) Comply with all requirements set forth in section 4729.92 of the Revised Code.

(2) Comply with the criminal records check requirements pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-02 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Submit a complete application for registration, in a manner determined by the board, that includes:

(a) The required application fee of twenty-five dollars.

(b) Documentation, as specified by the board, that the applicant meets the following requirements:

(i) Has a high school diploma, a certificate of high school equivalence, a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or has been employed continuously since prior to April 8, 2009, as a pharmacy technician without a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalence;

(ii) Is at least eighteen years of age; and

(iii) If the applicant has a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, the applicant shall submit evidence of successful completion of the "Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-05 of the Administrative Code.

(c) Any additional information or documentation as determined by the board.

(B) An applicant for registration as a registered pharmacy technician shall:

(1) Comply with all requirements set forth in section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

(2) Complete an approved training program pursuant to rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code or the education and training requirements set forth in division (E)(1) of section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

(3) Comply with the criminal records check requirements pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-02 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Submit a complete application for registration, in a manner determined by the board, that includes:

(a) The required application fee of fifty dollars;

(b) Except for applicants currently registered as pharmacy technician trainees, documentation, as specified by the board, that the applicant meets the following requirements:

(i) Has a high school diploma, a certificate of high school equivalence, a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or has been employed continuously since prior to April 8, 2009, as a pharmacy technician without a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalence;

(ii) Is at least eighteen years of age; and

(iii) If the applicant has a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, the applicant shall submit evidence of successful completion of the "Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-05 of the Administrative Code.

(c) Any of the following documentation:

(i) An attestation signed by the pharmacy's responsible person where the applicant was educated and trained that the applicant has successfully completed the education and training requirements set forth in division (E)(1) of section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

A responsible person shall not be required to attest to the applicant's education and training in non-sterile compounding. Training and education for non-sterile compounding shall be completed by registered technicians that perform non-sterile compounding in accordance with rule 4729:3-3-03 of the Administrative Code.

(ii) An attestation or certificate of completion signed by the program director that the applicant has successfully completed an approved training program in accordance with paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code.

(iii) A record of training and education pursuant to paragraph (B)(3) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code signed by the program director and responsible person that the applicant has successfully completed an approved training program in accordance with paragraph (A)(3) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code.

(d) Any additional information or documentation as determined by the board.

(C) An applicant for registration as a certified pharmacy technician shall:

(1) Comply with all requirements set forth in section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

(2) Complete an approved training program pursuant to rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code or the education and training requirements set forth in division (E)(2) of section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

(3) Comply with the criminal records check requirements pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-02 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Submit a complete application for registration, in a manner determined by the board, that includes:

(a) The required application fee of fifty dollars;

(b) Documentation, as specified by the board, that the applicant has a current pharmacy technician certification from an organization that has been recognized by the board.

(c) Except for applicants currently registered as pharmacy technician trainees, documentation, as specified by the board, that the applicant meets the following requirements:

(i) Has a high school diploma, a certificate of high school equivalence or a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma;

(ii) Is at least eighteen years of age; and

(iii) If the applicant has a foreign school diploma that is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, the applicant shall submit evidence of successful completion of the "Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-05 of the Administrative Code.

(d) Any of the following documentation:

(i) An attestation signed by the pharmacy's responsible person where the applicant was educated and trained that the applicant has successfully completed the education and training requirements set forth in division (E)(2) of section 4729.90 of the Revised Code.

A responsible person shall not be required to attest to the applicant's education and training in non-sterile compounding and sterile compounding, including the preparation and mixing of intravenous drugs to be injected into a human being. Training and education for non-sterile compounding and sterile compounding shall be completed by certified pharmacy technicians that perform non-sterile compounding and sterile compounding in accordance with rule 4729:3-3-04 of the Administrative Code.

(ii) An attestation or certificate of completion signed by the program director that the applicant has successfully completed an approved training program in accordance with paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code.

(iii) A record of training and education pursuant to paragraph (B)(3) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code signed by the program director and responsible person that the applicant has successfully completed an approved training program in accordance with paragraph (A)(3) of rule 4729:3-3-02 of the Administrative Code.

(e) Any additional information or documentation as determined by the board.

(D) A registration for a pharmacy technician trainee is valid for one year from the date of registration. Registration is not renewable, but an individual may reapply for registration if the individual's previous registration has lapsed for more than five years or the board grants its approval. An individual that is permitted to reapply for registration as a pharmacy technician trainee shall comply with the criminal records check requirements pursuant to rule 4729:3-2-02 of the Administrative Code, unless otherwise determined by the board.

A registration for a pharmacy technician trainee is no longer valid if an individual receives a registration to practice as a registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician.

(E) An initial registration for a registered pharmacy technician and certified pharmacy technician is valid until the renewal date set forth in rule 4729:3-2-03 of the Administrative Code.

(F) Failure to complete all application requirements within thirty days after being notified by the board may result in the application being deemed abandoned as defined in rule 4729:3-1-01 of the Administrative Code.

(G) Registration fees for veterans shall be waived upon submission of the appropriate documentation. Documentation required to obtain a fee waiver will be published on the state board of pharmacy's web site: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.

Effective: 11/20/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.94, 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.90, 4729.901, 4729.91, 4729.92, 4729.921, 4729.93, 4729.94, 4729.95, 4729.96

4729:3-2-02 Criminal records checks.

(A) An applicant seeking an initial registration as a pharmacy technician trainee, registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician must first submit fingerprint impressions to the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCI&I) for a criminal records check.

(B) Pursuant to section 4776.02 of the Revised Code, the criminal records check performed by BCI&I shall consist of both a BCI&I criminal records check and a federal bureau of investigation (FBI) criminal records check. BCI&I shall send the results of the BCI&I and FBI criminal records checks directly to the state board of pharmacy.

(C) The state board of pharmacy requires that the criminal records check:

(1) Be based on electronic fingerprint impressions that are submitted directly to BCI&I from a WebCheck provider agency or ink impressions. The state board of pharmacy may accept the results of a criminal records check based on ink impressions only in the following circumstances:

(a) Readable electronic fingerprint impressions cannot be obtained or are rejected by either BCI&I or FBI;

(b) The applicant is from out-of-state; or

(c) The applicant's home address is seventy-five miles or more from the nearest WebCheck location.

(D) Except as provided in paragraph (E) of this rule, results will only be considered valid if the fingerprint impressions were obtained within one year of the date the application is received by the board.

(E) Until April 6, 2019, an applicant for registration as a registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician who met the previous requirements to be a qualified pharmacy technician under section 4729.42 of the Revised Code, may satisfy the criminal records check requirements set forth in section 4729.90 of the Revised Code by either:

(1) Authorizing the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to make the results of a criminal records check of the applicant available to the state board of pharmacy. To meet the requirement, the criminal records check must have been conducted no earlier than twenty-four months prior to the date the application for registration is received by the board; or

(2) Submitting a copy of the results of the applicant's criminal records check that was performed by the applicant's employer to be a qualified pharmacy technician under section 4729.42 of the Revised Code to the state board of pharmacy. To meet the requirement, the criminal records check must have been conducted no earlier than twenty-four months prior to the date the application for registration is received by the board.

Effective: 11/20/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.94, 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.90, 4729.901, 4729.91, 4729.92, 4729.921, 4729.93, 4729.94, 4729.95, 4729.96

4729:3-2-03 Renewal procedures.

(A) A registered pharmacy technician shall submit a renewal application, in a manner determined by the board, that includes all the following:

(1) An attestation that the technician has completed the specified continuing education requirements pursuant to rule 4729:3-5-01 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The required biennial fee of fifty dollars.

(3) Any additional information or documentation as determined by the board.

(B) A certified pharmacy technician shall submit a renewal application, in a manner determined by the board, that includes all the following:

(1) An attestation that that technician has valid technician certification number from an organization that has been recognized by the board.

(2) The required biennial fee of fifty dollars.

(3) Any additional information or documentation as determined by the board.

(C) A renewal application for registered pharmacy technicians shall be submitted no later than the thirty first of March of each even-numbered year. Renewal applications shall be accepted no earlier than January of each even-numbered year on a date determined by the board's director of licensing.

An initial registration issued by the state board of pharmacy on or after the first of January of every even-numbered year in accordance with Chapter 4729. of the Revised Code entitles the individual to whom it is issued to practice as a registered pharmacy technician until the renewal date immediately following the next required renewal date.

(D) A renewal application for certified pharmacy technicians shall be submitted no later than the thirtieth of September of each even-numbered year. Renewal applications shall be accepted no earlier than July of each even-numbered year on a date determined by the board's director of licensing.

An initial registration issued by the state board of pharmacy on or after the first of June of every even-numbered year in accordance with Chapter 4729. of the Revised Code entitles the individual to whom it is issued to practice as a certified pharmacy technician until the renewal date immediately following the next required renewal date.

(E) A registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician who fails to renew a registration in accordance with this rule is prohibited from engaging in the activities authorized by section 4729.91 of the Revised Code and rules 4729:3-3-03 and 4729:3-3-04 of the Administrative Code.

(F) A registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician who fails to renew a registration in accordance with this rule, but has not lapsed for more than ninety days, may be reinstated if the applicant complies with the following:

(1) Submits a renewal application in accordance with this rule;

(2) Pays the renewal fee and a late fee of fifty dollars.

(G) A registrant that fails to renew for more than ninety days may not renew a registration and the registration shall be considered lapsed and cannot be reinstated. An individual may reapply for registration in accordance with rule 4729:3-2-01 of this rule.

(H)

(1) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a holder of an expired registration shall be granted a renewal of the registration by the state board of pharmacy at the usual cost without penalty and without need to meet the requirements set forth in rule 4729:3-2-01 of the Administrative Code if not otherwise disqualified because of mental or physical disability and if either of the following applies:

(a) The registration was not renewed because of the holder's service in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces.

(b) The registration was not renewed because the holder's spouse served in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces.

(2) A registered or certified pharmacy technician shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service. Documentation required to obtain a renewal pursuant to paragraph (H)(1) of this rule will be published on the state board of pharmacy's web site: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.

(I) Renewal fees for veterans shall be waived upon submission of the appropriate documentation. Documentation required to obtain a fee waiver will be published on the state board of pharmacy's web site: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.

Effective: 11/20/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26, 4729.94
Rule Amplifies: 4729.90, 4729.96, 4729.95, 4729.94 , 4729.93, 4729.921, 4729.92 , 4729.91, 4729.901

4729:3-2-04 Change of name, contact information and place of employment.

(A) An individual registered pursuant to this division who has a legal change of name, shall notify the board of pharmacy within thirty days from the effective date of such change. Such notification of a name change shall be accompanied by one of the following:

(1) A notarized affidavit;

(2) A certified copy of a court record; or

(3) A certified copy of a marriage certificate.

(B) An individual registered pursuant to this division who changes their mailing or email address shall notify the board of pharmacy of the new address within thirty days after the effective date of such change.

(C) An individual registered pursuant to this division who changes their place of employment shall notify the board of pharmacy of the address of the principal place where they practice as a pharmacy technician trainee, registered pharmacy technician or certified pharmacy technician within thirty days after they have commenced employment.

Effective: 11/20/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26, 4729.94
Rule Amplifies: 4729.90, 4729.96, 4729.95, 4729.94 , 4729.93, 4729.921, 4729.92 , 4729.91, 4729.901

4729:3-2-05 Successful completion of the "Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test".

Successful completion of the "Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) shall be the following minimum scores or higher:

(A) Writing: twenty-four;

(B) Speaking: twenty-six;

(C) Listening: twenty-one; and

(D) Reading: twenty-two.

Effective: 11/20/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26, 4729.94
Rule Amplifies: 4729.90, 4729.96, 4729.95, 4729.94 , 4729.93, 4729.921, 4729.92 , 4729.91, 4729.901