According to the 2012 Survey of Pharmacy Law, 53 boards of pharmacy require pharmacists to participate in continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities as a prerequisite for license renewal.
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Education Law requires that registered pharmacists complete continuing education. A minimum of 45 contact hours (at least 23 live) is required in each three-year registration period. As of September 1, 2003, the 45 hours required must include at least 3 credits (home study or live) of formal continuing education on strategies and techniques to reduce medication and prescription errors.Effective August 1, 2007, a section of Education Law was amended in relation to the mandatory continuing education requirement. The amendment eliminated the exemption from the ontinuing education requirement for newly licensed pharmacists during their first triennial registration period. Therefore, all pharmacists licensed on or after August 1, 2007, must meet the CE requirement during their first and future registration periods.The laws that apply to the continuing education requirements for pharmacists are found in Article 137 of New York’s Education Law.
a) Each applicant for biennial license renewal shall complete a minimum of 30 credits of continuing education during the preceding biennial period, except that the Board shall not require completion of continuing education credits for an applicant’s initial license renewal. At least 10 of the continuing education credits shall be obtained through didactic instruction. For purposes of this paragraph, “didactic instruction” means in-person instruction and may include telephonic or electronic instruction that is interactive, but shall not include videotaped instruction.
b) Ten credits of continuing education may be carried over into a succeeding biennial period only if such credits were earned during the last six months of the preceding biennial period and were not previously reported
Pharmacists are required to complete fifteen (15) hours of CPE in the previous calendar year (January to December). At least five (5) of those hours must be at a live presentation. Only courses that are ACPE-, CME-,Continuing Nursing Education-, or Commission-approved are accepted. At least one (1) of the fifteen (15) credits must be related to pharmacy law.