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NABP E-Profile IDs Make It Easier to Get CPE Credit

Magazine article Drug Topics

NABP E-Profile IDs Make It Easier to Get CPE Credit

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

More than 6,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have created profiles as part of the new CPE Monitor program jointly sponsored by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

The continuing pharmacy education (CPE) tracking service stores data for completed CPE units received by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from ACPE -accredited providers. The CPE tracking system will create a direct link for sending CPE data from AC PE -accredited continuing education (CE) providers to ACPE, and then to NABP, ensuring that all reported CPE units are officially verified by ACPE -accredited CE providers, according to NABP.

By late 2011 or early 2012, in order to receive credit for CPE activities, pharmacists and pharmacy techs will be able to simply provide their NABP e -Profile ID and date of birth, according to NABP. "Pharmacists don't have to worry about reporting to the boards or going through audits. It should be more convenient and accurate, and reduce costs for everyone," said Carmen Canzone, RPh, MS, executive director of the NABP.

The system works as follows. Pharmacists and technicians must obtain a unique identification number from NABP when registering for a CPE activity, said Arthur Wharton, RPh, MPA, director of continuing pharmacy education at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, FIa. …

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