Sherif El-Refai recently applied his pharmaceutical experience to assist in the development of a PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky. Sherif El-Refai also belongs to the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP), which continues to advance its educational programs through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
The PTCP is in the process of implementing a series of changes to the PTCB Certification Program, specifically in regards to certification standards and continuing education (CE) credentials. It will focus on the enhancement of qualifications for pharmacy technicians by elevating the standards for national certification and recertification.
Implemented changes will require new pharmaceutical candidates to complete technician education programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education. The PTCB has already implemented a number of recertification process changes, such as the modification of accepted CE hours through college and university coursework. Furthermore, Certified Pharmacy Technician candidates must complete an hour of patient safety CE and 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific CE as of 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The PTCB expects to phase in changes over the course of a seven-year period through 2020.