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Bill Detail: HB19-1242

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Title Board Of Pharmacy Regulate Pharmacy Technicians
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
House Sponsors D. Jackson (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Tate (R)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 03/15/2019

The bill requires pharmacy technicians practicing in Colorado on
or after June 15, 2020, to obtain a certification from the state board of
pharmacy (board). An applicant for certification by the board must
provide proof of certification by a board-approved, nationally recognized
organization that certifies pharmacy technicians and must either submit
to a criminal history record check or provide evidence of submitting to a

criminal history record check at the time of hire as a pharmacy technician.
If an applicant is not certified by a national certifying organization at the
time of application for state certification, the board may grant a
provisional certification to the applicant to allow the applicant up to 18
months or, if granted a hardship extension, an additional period
determined by the board, to obtain national certification. A provisional
certification is not renewable, and if the provisional certificant fails to
obtain the national certification within the 18-month period or extended
period granted by the board, the provisional certification expires and the
person cannot practice as a pharmacy technician until the person satisfies
all requirements for certification by the board.
To renew a certification, in addition to board requirements for
renewal, a pharmacy technician must satisfy renewal and continuing
education requirements of the national accrediting organization that
certified the pharmacy technician.
Similar to pharmacists and interns, a pharmacy technician certified
by the board is subject to the jurisdiction of the board and to discipline by
the board for engaging in unprofessional conduct.
The bill maintains the limitation on the number of interns and
pharmacy technicians that a pharmacist may supervise but specifies that
if the pharmacist is supervising 3 or more pharmacy technicians, a
majority of the pharmacy technicians must be certified.
The bill replaces one nonpharmacist member of the board with a
certified pharmacy technician member with 5 years of pharmacy
technician experience.
The regulation of pharmacy technicians by the board is subject to
the same sunset review that applies to the board and its functions in
regulating the practice of pharmacy.

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