(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 in pharmacy jurisprudence and at least 0.2 C.E.U.s of the total required C.E.U.s must be obtained in patient or medication safety.
(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 four C.E.U. reporting years following the adoption of this rule (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), 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.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 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, 05/22/2014, 10/24/14