The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) have announced the first commissioners for the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC). PTAC is the product of a cooperative effort to accredit pharmacy technician education and training programs that will conduct reviews and site surveys. Beginning in the fall of 2014, PTAC will advise ASHP and the ACPE Boards on measures to ensure standardized quality pharmacy technician education and training programs.
The Appointed Commissioners include Donna Wall, PharmD, RPh, a current member of the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and former President of NABP, and Jacqueline Hall, RPh, MBA, a current member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, who served on the Association’s Task Force on Standardized Pharmacy Technician Education and Training (PDF).
In 2009, the Task Force on Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs (PDF) recommended that “NABP should encourage ACPE and ASHP to work collaboratively to develop an accreditation system for pharmacy technician education and training programs that reflects all pharmacy practice settings and, if feasible, to consolidate the activities into one accrediting body.”
Additional information about the PTAC, including the full list of commissioners, is available in an ACPE press release (PDF).