Chapter 4729:3-5 Continuing Education

4729:3-5-01 Continuing education - definitions.

As used in Chapter 4729:3-5 of the Administrative Code.

(A) "A.C.P.E." means the accreditation council for pharmacy education.

(B) "Continuing education unit" or "C.E.U." means ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing pharmacy education experience presented by an approved provider.

(C) "Continuing pharmacy education" or "continuing education", as required in section 4729.12 of the Revised Code, means post-registration pharmacy education undertaken to maintain professional competency to practice as a pharmacy technician, improve professional skills, and preserve uniform qualifications for continuing the practice of the profession for the purpose of protecting public health and welfare. Continuing pharmacy education may be obtained from any of the following providers:

(1) A pharmacy jurisprudence program pursuant to paragraph (D) of this rule;

(2) An approved in-state provider of volunteer healthcare services in accordance with section 4745.04 of the Revised Code and agency 4729 of the Administrative Code;

(3) An A.C.P.E. accredited continuing education provider.

(D) "One-third of a licensee's continuing education requirement" as used in division (C) of section 4745.04 of the Revised Code and paragraph (C) of rule 4729:3-5-02 of the Administrative Code, means the total number of required C.E.U.s for licensure renewal divided by three and rounded down to the nearest whole number.

(E) "Pharmacy jurisprudence" means continuing education the includes any of the following:

(1) An A.C.P.E. law program as identified by A.C.P.E numbering convention "03";

(2) A board of pharmacy approved continuing education program provided by an in-state approved jurisprudence provider pursuant to agency 4729 of the Administrative Code that pertains to current or recent changes to laws, rules, and regulations relating to the practice of pharmacy; or

(3) A program presented by the state board of pharmacy that pertains to current or recent changes to laws, rules, and regulations relating to the practice of pharmacy.

(F) "Patient or medication safety" means an A.C.P.E. continuing education program identified by the A.C.P.E. numbering convention "05" that deals with the prevention of healthcare errors and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by healthcare errors.

(G) "Veteran" means anyone who is serving or has served under honorable conditions in any component of the armed forces, including the national guard and reserve.

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

4729:3-5-02 Continuing education requirements for registered and certified technicians.

(A) As a condition for the renewal of a registration as a registered pharmacy technician, the registrant shall complete a total of ten contact hours ( 1.0 C.E.Us) of continuing pharmacy education during the twenty-four months preceding the expiration date of the technician's registration. The continuing pharmacy education shall be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter and shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(1) Two contact hours ( 0.2 C.E.Us) of continuing pharmacy education shall be in the subject of pharmacy jurisprudence (law).

(2) Two contact hours ( 0.2 C.E.Us) of continuing pharmacy education shall be in the subject of patient or medication safety.

(B) Paragraph (A) of this rule does not apply to registered pharmacy technicians that obtain an initial registration within six months of the expiration date of the registration.

(C) A registered pharmacy technician may satisfy up to one-third of the technician's continuing education requirements by providing health care services as a volunteer in accordance with section 4745.04 of the Revised Code. The location where health care services are provided shall be an approved in-state provider of volunteer healthcare services in accordance with agency 4729 of the Administrative Code.

(D) Registered pharmacy technicians shall keep all certificates and other documented evidence of participation which have been issued by a non-A.C.P.E. accredited provider for which the pharmacy technician has claimed continuing education units towards renewal of the technician's registration for a period of one year following the year in which evidence was required for renewal.

(1) Documentation, as determined by the state board of pharmacy, shall be submitted only when requested by the board.

(2) The board shall monitor compliance by conducting an audit of registrants.

(3) The board shall require the reporting of continuing education units to a national and/or state register.

(E) As a condition for the renewal of a registration as a certified pharmacy technician, the registrant shall complete all continuing education requirements necessary to maintain the registrant's pharmacy technician certification from an organization that has been recognized by the board.

Effective: 2/5/2018
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 02/05/2023
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