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New 2 hour CE requirement effective with Pharmacist
Current Renewal period (64B16-27.831)
Mandatory Continuing Education: All pharmacists shall
complete a Board-approved 2-hour continuing education course
on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances. The
course content shall include the following:
(a) Ensuring access to controlled substances for all patients with
a valid prescription;
(b) Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Database;
(c) Assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.
License Renewals will undergo 100% CE audit by the
Board of Pharmacy.
In 2013, the Board began testing 100% CE hour audits through
CE Broker. This year, pharmacist and technician renewals will
undergo a full audit of continuing education hours prior to being
allowed to renew. If you do not meet the CE requirements, the
renewal process will be halted.
What is the difference between CE Broker and CPE
CE Broker maintains records of all continuing education credits
taken by registrants from Florida Approved CE providers (of
which DCPA is one). CE Broker will send all CE credits posted
in the individual registrant's account to the Board of Pharmacy to
confirm full compliance with CE requirements for relicensure in
CPE Monitor, on the other hand, is a national repository of CE
(as is CE Broker), but it only tracks ACPE approved CE
programs. The Florida Board of Pharmacy relies on CE Broker
for CE credit monitoring, not CPE Monitor. However, if you are
licensed by jurisdictions that require ACPE CE Credits, you must
provide your CPE Monitor information to those providers such
that they can post your CE.
What is the CE Broker Subscription I receive with my DCPA
In October 2013 the DCPA board of directors approved paying
CE Broker Subscriptions to DCPA members as a benefit to help
in the new 100% audit for licensure renewal. Once you are a paid
member, your license information is added to CE Broker as a
DCPA member and you are issued your login and password
information. If you forgot your login, call CE Brokers, tell them you
are a DCPA member and they will walk you through the process.
The subscriptions allows you to see how many credits you have,
what type of credits you are still missing and generally, keeps
track of all of your Florida CE Requirements.
What happens if CE Broker does not have all of my hours?
I often take ACPE approved credits from non-Florida
You may self-report ACPE hours on CEBroker. You simply follow
the steps on the web site to add your CE. CE Brokers will be
sending a list of licensees who have not met their hour
requirement approximately 3 months after the renewal cycle. It is
still a good idea to keep a file with your CE credit slips in the
event of an audit.
Do I need HIV for my renewal?
1 hour of HIV is required for all pharmacists and technicians
renewing their licenses for the first time. After that, there is no
HIV requirement for relicensure.
What is CPE Monitor and do I still need CE Brokers?
CE Brokers is required by Florida law as the clearinghouse for
CE credits. CPE Monitor is the NAPB/ACPE clearinghouse for
ACPE CE credits for other states. So, if you are licensed in other
states in addition to Florida, you may want to set up your CPE
Monitor (free) account so that your ACPE hours can be credited
to the appropriate license.
Are there any CE requirements for Technicians?
The technician renewal on December 31, 2016, are required to
complete 20 hours of CE per biennium. Of these 20 hours, 2 must be
Medication Errors & Law, 4 must be live CE and on first renewal 1 hour
of HIV. (HIV is not required for subsequent renewals).
What number should the Technician use for CE credits - their
RPT number or their PTCB Florida CE requires re-registration
therefore, the technician must submit the RPT number to post CE
credit. PTCB (technician certification) has other CE requirements that
are required to maintain certification (which is different than Florida
Do I have to keep the CE Certificate I receive at a CE Program?
YES!!! If there are any problems and/or issues with the provider
posting credit to your account on CE Broker or you are audited by
another state, the CE Certificate is your receipt of attendance. It is
recommended that certificates be kept for at least one renewal cycle.
Can I get partial credit for Recertification CE on my Consultant
As of 2009, the Board is allowing providers to seek RCE approval for
courses not less than 3 hours in length. Many providers are issuing
credit in 3 hour blocks to be applied toward recertification. The
licensee cannot submit the same 3 hour course taken at different times
as RCE (i.e. no "double dipping").
If I run out of time and cannot complete my full credits for
licensure renewal, what options do I have?
The first advice, is make sure that you plan ahead and get your credits
way before the deadline. Remember, all ACPE credits are valid in
Florida, special Board approval is required for Medication Errors,
Consultant Pharmacist, & Nuclear Pharmacists credits. There are a
host of journals, web sites, etc. that offer credits.
If you have experienced a hardship (due to health, accident, etc.) you
can petition the Board for an extension. They will work with you.
You don't want to be delinquent on CE requirements. You will be
disciplined and a mark remains on your license forever, not to mention
the fees, penalties, etc. that you end up paying.
Can I count extra CE Credits I obtained for general CE toward
my Consultant License?
No. Consultant license renewal requires attendance at courses
specifically designated as Recertification CE (RCE). If, however, you
take extra RCE (>24hr in 2 years) you can count these toward general
On the Horizon:
We have been informed (June 2015) that both CPE Monitor and PTCB
along with CE Broker are working to facilitate the posting and reporting
of CE credits within each respective institutions. Since it is a matter of
computer programming - it is up to the IT folks to see how this can be
facilitated to make the practitioner's life a bit easier. We will keep you
|Dade County Pharmacy Association
A Board of Pharmacy Approved CE Provider,
CE Broker #50-2488
||Hold the Date for the 22nd Annual Residency
Program - January 20-21, 2018.
More information to follow.
||REQUIRED 2-hour course for licensed Florida pharmacists (RPh) to discuss procedures to ensure the appropriate handling and
documentation of prescriptions for controlled substances. Valid for FL license renewal only (not ACPE). On-demand webinar.
|OnLine CE sponsored by
the Florida Pharmacy
|On-Line courses for Florida Board of Pharmacy approved courses such as Medication Errors,
HIV, Consultant Pharmacy Recertification, and general continuing education are available from
the FPA. Visit www.pharmview.com for course information and registration.