As an observer organization, PTCB will be included in FIP communications and dialogue, and take part in calls for nominations to working groups and other FIP initiatives. "FIP is pleased to welcome PTCB as an observer organization," said FIP General Secretary and CEO Luc Besançon. "The input of PTCB will be precious to our work, given the wealth of expertise the Board has to connect pharmacy technicians' roles within the pharmacy team and to ensure their competencies, so that the profession of pharmacy remains able to respond effectively to the current and future needs of the world's communities. The PTCB model could be inspirational for other countries."
PTCB leaders have participated as panelists and presenters at the FIP World Congress, a global platform for exchanging knowledge in the international arena of pharmacy. In 2012, PTCB took part in a FIP symposium for pharmacy technicians across the globe, presenting information on the role of pharmacy technicians in North America and how national legislation and the organization of pharmacies affect technician roles.
Some 3,104 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from 111 countries attended the 2015 Congress. FIP welcomed three new official observer organizations, including PTCB, and now has 21 organizations in this category, including the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and such groups as the African Pharmaceutical Forum, the Australian Pharmacy Council, and the European Pharmaceutical Forum. FIP added seven new member organizations, bringing the total number of FIP member organizations to 137.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is the leading certifying body for pharmacy technicians in the United States. The organization has granted more than half a million certifications since it was founded 20 years ago. PTCB was established in 1995 by the American Pharmacists Association; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; and Michigan Pharmacists Association; and joined in 2001 by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. PTCB advocates a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the pharmacy profession. The goal of PTCB's national Certification Program, which services the more than 280,000 currently active CPhTs nationwide, is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. www.ptcb.org
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization. FIP represents more than three million experts in medicines, supporting the responsible use of medicines around the world. www.fip.org
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