(A) Pursuant to section 4729.071 of the Revised Code, an applicant seeking an initial license as a pharmacist by examination or reciprocity, and an applicant seeking an initial license as a pharmacy intern 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 located in Ohio. The state board of pharmacy may accept the results of a criminal records check based on ink impressions from a "WebCheck" provider agency only in the event that readable electronic fingerprint impressions cannot be obtained.
(2) Results will only be considered valid if the fingerprint impressions were obtained within the previous twelve months.
(D) An applicant may submit electronic fingerprint impressions for a criminal records check anytime after he/she has submitted a licensure application to the state board of pharmacy.
(E) After the state board of pharmacy receives the results from both of the required criminal records checks the licensing process will proceed.