Chapter 4729-7 Continuing Education

4729-7-01 Definitions.

As used in Chapter 4729-7 of the Administrative Code.

(A) "Approved continuing education" is defined as participation in an organized and structured continuing pharmacy education experience that has been presented by an approved provider or the state board of pharmacy and that presents information directly related to the practice of pharmacy.

(B) "Approved provider" is defined as an individual, institution, organization, association, corporation, or agency that has been approved by the state board of pharmacy and/or accredited by the "Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education" (A.C.P.E.).

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

(D) "Continuing pharmacy education", as required in section 4729.12 of the Revised Code, is defined as post-registration pharmacy education of approved quality undertaken to maintain professional competency to practice pharmacy, improve professional skills, and preserve uniform qualifications for continuing the practice of the profession for the purpose of protecting public health and welfare.

(E) "Pharmacy jurisprudence" related continuing education shall include Ohio state board of pharmacy approved continuing pharmacy education experiences that deal with current laws, rules, and regulations dealing with the practice of pharmacy and the recent changes that have occurred to those laws, rules and regulations.

Replaces: 4729-7-01

Effective: 01/01/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/01/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4720.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.01 , 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 9/15/1979, 2/15/1995, 3/1/1999, 1/1/2004, 1/1/2006, 4/27/2007

4729-7-02 Requirements for renewal of a pharmacist identification card.

(A) Except as provided in rule 4729-7-08 of the Administrative Code, evidence of six C.E.U.s of approved continuing education shall be submitted to the board no later than September fifteenth of the year in which evidence of the continuing pharmacy education is required for identification card renewal. At least 0.3 C.E.U.s of the total required C.E.U.s must be obtained from Ohio state board of pharmacy approved programs in jurisprudence.

(B) The C.E.U.s must be obtained within a period of time that is no more than three years prior to September fifteenth of the year in which evidence of the continuing pharmacy education is required for identification card renewal. A pharmacist shall be subject to further action of the board if the continuing pharmacy education is not submitted to the board by September fifteenth of the year in which evidence of the continuing pharmacy education is required for identification card renewal. If reporting continuing education is required after a pharmacist's license has lapsed or where the license is being renewed after board action, continuing education must be obtained during the three year period immediately preceding the date the renewal application is filed with the board office.

(C) C.E.U.s obtained in excess of the required C.E.U.s at the time the continuing education is required for identification card renewal, may not be transferred and applied to future requirements.

(D) For the first three C.E.U. reporting years following the adoption of this rule, the board may accept C.E.U.s within a period of time from March first, three years prior to September fifteenth of the year in which evidence of the continuing pharmacy education is required for identification card renewal.

(E) A pharmacist whose identification card has lapsed or has been suspended may renew his/her identification card, if he/she qualifies for renewal pursuant to section 4729.12 or section 4729.13 of the Revised Code, by paying the required fee, completing the application for renewal, and, if he/she would have been required to report continuing pharmacy education during the period of lapse or suspension, by providing evidence of having obtained the number of C.E.U.s required at the time of renewal by submitting the certificates of participation obtained during the three-year period immediately preceding the date of applying for renewal.

(F) Ohio-registered pharmacists who hold a current license in states where continuing education is mandatory, have met the continuing pharmacy education requirements of that state, and who do not practice pharmacy in Ohio, may renew their identification card by paying the required fee, completing the application for renewal, and submitting the following signed statement on their continuing pharmacy education report form:

"I declare under penalties of falsification that I hold a current and valid pharmacist license, number (insert license number), in the state of (insert name of state), that I have met the continuing pharmacy education requirements of this state and I do not presently practice pharmacy in the state of Ohio. I hereby agree to immediately notify the Ohio state board of pharmacy if I return and commence the practice of pharmacy in the state of Ohio."

(G) The state board of pharmacy may grant extension periods and waivers for the completion of license renewal and continuing education requirements for active military service members and their spouses. If a current pharmacist or their spouse is called to active duty for military service, the time period allowed for completion of any continuing education requirements will be extended by the amount of time that the pharmacist or the pharmacist's spouse was on active duty. A pharmacist seeking an extension period or waiver must provide documentation to the board demonstrating active-duty service.

(H) If a pharmacist is a member of the armed forces, reserves, the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, or the Ohio naval militia, the state board of pharmacy shall consider relevant military education, training or service that has been completed by the license holder when determining the fulfillment of any continuing education requirements.

Effective: 05/22/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/07/2014 and 05/22/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12 , 4729.13 , 4729.15
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 09/15/1979, 02/15/1982, 07/01/1984, 09/01/1985, 03/21/1988, 07/01/1994, 02/15/1995, 04/15/1999, 02/01/2002, 01/01/2006, 04/27/2007

4729-7-03 Evidence of continuing pharmacy education experiences.

(A) Registered pharmacists shall keep all certificates and other documented evidence of participation which have been issued for approved C.E.U.s for which the pharmacist has claimed continuing education units towards renewal of his/her Ohio registered pharmacist identification card for a period of one year following the year in which evidence was required for renewal.

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

(C) The board will monitor compliance by auditing a random sample of registrants each reporting period.

Effective: 05/22/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/07/2014 and 05/22/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 09/15/1979, 03/01/1999

4729-7-05 Procedure for approval as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

(A) An individual, institution, organization, association, corporation or agency located in the state of Ohio desiring to be an in-state provider of continuing pharmacy education shall submit an application containing such information as the board of pharmacy may require on forms provided by the board.

(B) An individual, institution, organization, association, corporation or agency located outside the state of Ohio desiring to be an approved out-of-state provider of continuing pharmacy education shall meet the requirements of and be approved by the "Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education."

(C) Approval of in-state providers shall be valid for a period of three years at which time re-application is necessary.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/17/2014 and 03/17/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 09/15/1979, 01/01/2006, 04/27/2007

4729-7-06 Criteria for in-state approved providers of continuing pharmacy education.

In-state providers who desire to become approved by the state board of pharmacy must demonstrate ability and willingness to offer quality continuing pharmacy education in a responsible manner and shall submit evidence of this on applications supplied by the board. The minimal criteria include:

(A) There shall be a responsible person charged with the administration of the continuing pharmacy education program and liaison with the board. Unless otherwise approved by the board, the responsible person shall be a pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy in Ohio.

(B) Providers shall award continuing pharmacy education credit to successful participants in terms of C.E.U.s.

(C) Providers shall maintain a list of successful program or experience participants and their Ohio registration numbers for a five-year period to be made available to the board on request.

(D) Providers shall award a certificate to each successful participant containing at least the following information:

(1) The name of the provider;

(2) The completion date of the experience;

(3) The name of the participant;

(4) The title of the experience;

(5) The number of C.E.U.s the experience has been assigned;

(6) The program or experience identification number according to the numbering system designated by the board; and

(7) The positive identification of the responsible person.

(E) Ohio jurisprudence program providers shall submit a provider program notice or a sample of the program or experience certificate to the board no later than 14 days after a program is presented.

(F) Providers shall develop and employ evaluation techniques that will assess the effectiveness of the continuing pharmacy education experiences with the goal of continual improvement.

(G) Providers should utilize an evaluation mechanism for the purpose of allowing each participant to assess the achievement of personal objectives.

Effective: 08/22/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/06/2014 and 05/30/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 9/15/1979, 3/21/1988, 3/1/1999

4729-7-07 Probation or revocation of approval as a provider.

The board of pharmacy, upon receipt of evidence that any approved provider is presenting experiences not conforming to the requirements developed pursuant to rule 4729-7-06 of the Administrative Code, may place a provider on probationary status or revoke such approval.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/03/2014 and 04/03/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 11/20/1972, 9/15/1979

4729-7-08 Alternative methods of proving continuing competency.

(A) As an alternative to providing evidence of all of the required C.E.U.S of approved continuing education as required by rule 4729-7-02 of the Administrative Code except for the 0.3 C.E.U.S of Ohio state board of pharmacy approved jurisprudence, a pharmacist may satisfy the continuing pharmacy education requirements by providing evidence at the time of renewal that he/she has met the requirements of and is currently certified by a board approved pharmacy practice specific specialty certification program. At a minimum, such pharmacy practice specific specialty certification programs shall consist of:

(1) Periodic recertification examinations;

(2) Documentation by the certification program that the pharmacist is currently certified by the program;

(3) Other requirements as determined by the board.

(B) Pharmacists who choose to meet their continuing pharmacy education requirements in the manner described in paragraph (A) of this rule are still required to provide evidence of having completed at least 0.3 C.E.U.S of Ohio state board of pharmacy approved pharmacy jurisprudence related continuing education.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/03/2014 and 04/03/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.12 , 4729.13
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/1999

4729-7-09 Jurisprudence continuing education programs.

(A) Jurisprudence continuing education programs must:

(1) Be approved by the state board of pharmacy;

(2) Contain information from current laws, rules, and regulations pursuant to paragraph (F) of rule 4729-7-01 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Contain accurate information;

(4) Consist of information relevant to the practice of pharmacy in Ohio;

(5) Be presented in an unbiased manner; and

(6) Not be utilized for more than two years from the date the program was approved by the state board of pharmacy.

(B) If an initial jurisprudence program submission is denied by the state board of pharmacy, the approved continuing education provider may resubmit that program one time to address the problem areas outlined by the board during the review process. If the resubmitted program is not approved by the board, the provider shall not submit a program covering the same topic for a period of one year from the date of the denial.

(C) Failure to meet all of the requirements listed in paragraph (A) of this rule shall result in the state board of pharmacy's denial to approve a submitted jurisprudence program. Repeated denials of programs or violations of rule 4729-7-06 of the Administrative Code may result in the suspension or revocation of the board approval of a continuing education provider.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/22/2011 and 11/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.26
Prior Effective Dates: 4/27/07