Rhode Island Scorecard

Grading Scale:
A – 85-100%, B – 70-84.9%, C – 55-69.9%, D – 40-54.9%, F – 0-39.9%


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Rhode Island Law

I. Laws
http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE5/5-19.1/INDEX.HTM

 § 5-19.1-2  Definitions.
(t) “Pharmacy technician” means an individual who meets minimum qualifications established by the board, which are less than those established by this chapter as necessary for licensing as a pharmacist, and works under the direction and supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
 
§ 5-19.1-16  Pharmacy technicians – License – Fees – Renewals. –
A pharmacy technician license shall be issued to any individual who meets the requirements established under this chapter or by regulations. The pharmacy technician shall file an application for licensure with the department and shall be required to furnish any information that the board may, by regulation, prescribe and, simultaneously with the filing of the application, shall pay a fee to the department to be determined by the department. All licenses issued to pharmacy technicians shall be valid for a period to be determined by the department. No individual may serve as a pharmacy technician without holding a valid pharmacy technician license from the board of pharmacy.

RHODE ISLAND Rules and Regulations
http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/6764.pdf

1.90 “Pharmacy technician” means an individual who meets minimum qualifications established by the Board, which are less than those established by the Act as necessary for licensing as a pharmacist; and works under the direction and supervision of a licensed pharmacist. There shall be two levels of licensure for Pharmacy Technicians: 1. Pharmacy Technician I; and 2. Pharmacy Technician II. (See also §23.10 of these Regulations). As used in these Regulations, a “Pharmacy Technician II” is one who is licensed by the Board as a Pharmacy Technician and who is also currently certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) of the American Pharmacists’ Association or other national certifying organization as may be approved by the Board.

22.6 No person shall perform the duties of a pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician unless the person is licensed to do so by the Department under the provisions of the Act and these Regulations.

PART V Pharmacy Technicians and Collaborative Pharmacy Practice
Section 24.0 Pharmacy Technicians
General Requirements

24.1 In accordance with §5-19.1-16 of the Act, a Pharmacy Technician license will be issued to any individual who meets the requirements established under the Act and these Regulations.

24.2 No person shall perform the duties set forth in §§24.14, 24.15, 24.16, and 24.17 of these Regulations unless such person is licensed as a Pharmacy Technician.

24.3 There shall be two (2) levels of licensure for a Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy Technician I and Pharmacy Technician II.

24.4 The Pharmacy Technician shall file with the Department an application for licensure (see below) and shall be required to furnish such information as the Board may prescribe and, simultaneously with the filing of said application, shall pay to the Department the required non-refundable fee of forty dollars ($40.00).

24.5 All licenses issued to Pharmacy Technicians shall be valid for a period of one (1) year.

24.6 No individual may serve as a Pharmacy Technician without holding a valid Pharmacy Technician license from the Board.
24.7 A Pharmacy Technician shall wear a name tag that indicates the technician’s name and the
appropriate licensure designation.
24.8 [DELETED]

Licensure by Endorsement
24.9 A Pharmacy Technician currently licensed or registered and in good standing in another state or jurisdiction may be licensed by the Board. Provided, however, the requirements for licensure or registration in the state of original and current licensure shall be equivalent to the requirements established by the Board.
Exemption for High-School Career Exploration Programs
24.10 High school students working in pharmacies as part of school or community sponsored career exploration programs shall be exempt from the requirements of §24.0 of these Regulations and shall not be required to be licensed as Pharmacy Technicians.
Licensure of Pharmacy Technicians

24.11 There shall be two (2) levels of licensure for Pharmacy Technicians. An applicant for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician shall be licensed as one of the following:
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24.11.1 Pharmacy technician I: person licensed as a Pharmacy Technician who performs
any pharmacy function or duties under the supervision of a pharmacist. The
Pharmacy Technician I license shall be employer-specific. However, a Pharmacy
Technician I may have multiple license from more than one (1) employer.
24.11.2 Pharmacy technician II: Pharmacy Technician who is licensed by the Board and
who performs any pharmacy functions and duties under the supervision of a
pharmacist.
Qualifications
Pharmacy Technician I
24.12 An applicant for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician I must:

24.12.1 Have satisfied the Board that he or she is of good moral and professional character;
24.12.2 Be eighteen (18) years of age or older with the exception of those high school
students working in pharmacies as part of school or community sponsored career
exploration programs;
24.12.3 Be a high-school graduate or the equivalent, or currently enrolled in a high school
or vocational training program that awards such degree or certificate;
24.12.4 Not have been convicted of any felony for violations involving controlled
substances subject to waiver by the Board upon presentation of satisfactory
evidence that such conviction does not impair the ability of the person to conduct
with safety to the public the duties of a Pharmacy Technician I;
24.12.5 Be currently enrolled in or successfully completed a Board-approved Pharmacy Technician I training program defined in §24.19 of these Regulations.
Pharmacy Technicians II
24.13 An applicant for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician II must:

24.13.1 Have satisfied the Board that he or she is of good moral and professional character;
24.13.2 Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
24.13.3 Be a high-school graduate or the equivalent;
24.13.4 Not have been convicted of any felony for violations involving controlled
substances subject to waiver by the Board upon presentation of satisfactory
evidence that such conviction does not impair the ability of the person to conduct
with safety to the public the duties of a Pharmacy Technician.
24.13.5 Effective 1 January 2012, have successfully passed a nationally-recognized
certification examination acceptable to the Board, including, but not limited to, the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) or the Institute for
Certification of Pharmacy Technicians “ExCPT” examination.

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Board-approved Training Programs for Pharmacy Technician Is
24.19 Training programs for Pharmacy Technicians Is that are approved by the Board include:
24.19.1 An employer-based Pharmacy Technician training program that includes
theoretical and practical instruction as described herein;
(1) Said employer-based Pharmacy Technician training program shall:
(a) include written guidelines, policies, and procedures that define the specific
tasks the technician shall be expected to perform that include but are not
limited to the following;
 orientation;
 job descriptions;
 communication techniques;
 laws and rules;
 security and safety;
 prescription drugs;
 basic pharmaceutical nomenclature;
 dosage forms;
 drug orders;
 prescribers;
 directions for use;
 commonly-used abbreviations and symbols;
 number of dosage units;
 strengths and systems of measurement;
 routes of administration;
 frequency of administration;
 interpreting directions for use;
 drug order preparation;
 creating or updating patient medication records;
 entering drug order information into the computer or typing the label in
a manual system;
 selecting the correct stock bottle;
 accurately counting or pouring the appropriate quantity of drug product;
 selecting the proper container;
 affixing the prescription label;
 affixing auxiliary labels, if indicated; and
 preparing the finished product for inspection and final check by
pharmacists.
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(b) stipulate how the technician’s competency is to be assessed.
(2) A copy of the training program shall be kept in the pharmacy at all times.
(3) The pharmacist-in-charge shall certify that the Pharmacy Technician has
successfully completed the training program. Documentation of the training
shall be maintained at the pharmacy by the pharmacist-in-charge.
24.19.2 Any other training program as approved by the Board.
24.20 In specialty pharmacies (e.g., compounding pharmacies), the pharmacist-in-charge shall
ensure that Pharmacy Technicians receive any training necessary to perform specialty
functions and duties. Such training shall be documented by the pharmacist-in-charge.

Application
24.21 Application for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician I or II shall be made on the form
provided by the Department that may be obtained at:
The Rhode Island Department of Health
Three Capitol Hill, Room 205
Providence, RI 02908
Said form shall be completed and signed by the applicant and accompanied by the nonrefundable,
non-returnable fee of forty dollars ($40.00).
24.21.1 On the above application, the pharmacist-in-charge shall also attest to the
following:
a) that the applicant will receive documented on-the-job training with the duties of
employment; and
b) that the applicant will only be assigned duties for which competency has been
demonstrated.
24.22 Each Pharmacy Technician I applicant shall specify the name of the employer on the
application and shall notify the Department when there is a change in employer.
Issuance of License
24.23 Each license, unless sooner suspended or discontinued for due cause in accordance with
§27.0 of these Regulations shall expire annually on the thirtieth (30th) day of June.
24.24 Said license shall be renewed annually.
24.25 Every person licensed as a Pharmacy Technician in this state who desires to renew his or her
license shall file such renewal application annually with the Department by the first (1st ) day
of July. Said renewal shall be duly executed together with renewal fee of forty dollars
($40.00) paid by check or money order (non-refundable and non-returnable), made payable
to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island.
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24.26 A Pharmacy Technician II, licensed by national certification shall maintain certification with PTCB or EXCPT in order to renew said license.

Continuing Education Requirement
24.27 A Pharmacy Technician II who seeks annual licensure renewal shall be required to:
24.27.1 Satisfactorily complete at least ten (10) hours (1 continuing education unit) of
continuing education courses, sponsored by a recognized provider, during the
current licensing cycle;
24.27.2 Complete at least three (3) hours (0.3 continuing education units) of the required
ten (10) hours of continuing education as live hours;

24.27.3 Maintain documentation of all required continuing education for a period of at least
two (2) years from the date the training was completed.
24.28 A Pharmacy Technician I and II license shall not be transferable.

The data contained in this 2012 Annual Scorecard are accurate as of December 2012 .  Because statutes and regulations are continually revised, the data are subject to change.  These data have been verified with the state board of pharmacy.  This scorecard is updated on an annual basis in order to incorporate statutory and regulatory changes.  A new scorecard will be issued in July 2013.

Scoring rationale for Education and Training:
In order to protect the public and help ensure patient safety, it is important that pharmacy technicians are properly educated and trained.  The most rigorous training is accredited training.  The sole entity empowered to accredit pharmacy-technician training programs is the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Please note that this is “programmatic accreditation” – not “institutional accreditation.”  It is the content of the training program – as measured against established standards – that is being evaluated and accredited.  Accredited training is vital to protecting patient safety because it means that a pharmacy-technician training program has met established quality standards to provide assurance and confidence to the public.  For more information, please see http://www.ashp.org/menu/Accreditation/TechnicianAccreditation.aspx.

Scoring rationale for Certification:
Certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that agency or association.  This is often determined by an examination process.  Numerous organizations have recommended that the certification exam conducted by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) should be recognized as the sole, nationally-accredited certification exam for pharmacy technician certification – including the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In a recent report, NABP recommended that states be encouraged to “recognize certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).” Moreover, NABP performed a psychometric audit of the PTCB’s pharmacy technician certification examination (PTCE) in 2001 and determined that the PTCE is psychometrically sound, defensible, and valid. In May 2010, the TSBP awarded the PTCB with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Provider contract in Texas. PTCB was selected for the contract after a rigorous bidding and evaluation process that included formal reviews and evaluations from three independent psychometricians. TSBP confidently recognizes PTCB as the single provider of certification examinations for pharmacy technicians. In addition, in June 2010, the VA began requiring PTCB certification for VA pharmacy technicians employed at grade GS-6 and above.

Scoring rationale for Registration/Licensure:
Registration/licensure is the process by which the state maintains a list of all pharmacy technicians in the state and grants permission for an individual to work as a pharmacy technician in the state based on the applicant’s completion of all pre-requisites to registration/licensure – such as required training and certification.

Scoring rationale for Continuing Education:
Continuing education enables pharmacy technicians to fulfill their professional responsibility to maintain competence and up-to-date knowledge and skills in an environment of technological advances and increasingly complex, new medications and therapies.


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