ASHP, ACPE release revised accreditation standards for pharmacy technician education and training

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have released updated national standards for the development of ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician education and training programs.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have released updated national standards for the development of ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician education and training programs. The new standards will help ensure that pharmacy technicians have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for their critical health care role. The revised standards address educational outcomes expected of students and the methods used by training programs to assess competency. The Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs now define competencies that differentiate entry-level and advanced training, structural and process-related elements needed for programs to implement evidence-based outcome measures. The new standards will become effective for new programs on January 1, 2019. Existing accredited pharmacy technician programs will be required to incorporate the new standards into their programs by January 1, 2020, and to notify the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission regarding their intention to train students at the entry and/or advanced level. The number of standards has increased from 6 to 15.