The bill requires pharmacy technicians practicing in Colorado on or after March 30, 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 in the form and manner determined by the board by rule or provide evidence of submitting to a criminal history record check at the time of hire or as a condition of national certification 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 and all others must hold a provisional certification.
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.
Section 34 of the bill appropriates $139,486 from the division of professions and occupations cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies (DORA) to implement the bill, of which $15,545 is reappropriated to the department of law for legal services for DORA. Additionally, $128,188 is appropriated from the Colorado bureau of investigation identification unit fund to the department of public safety for use by the biometric identification and records unit to perform criminal history record checks.
Sections 1 through 17 make conforming amendments necessary to harmonize the bill with the title 12 recodification bill, House Bill 19-1172.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)