WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Board of Governors of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has announced that the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Program through December 2022. ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the US to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation.
"PTCB is proud to be placed in the elite group of certification organizations accredited by ANSI. PTCB is the leading pharmacy technician certification program and our commitment to excellence and transparency is unwavering," said William Schimmel, PTCB Executive Director & CEO. "ANSI scrutinized PTCB's internal management practices as well as our CPhT Program development with an emphasis on impartiality and fairness to customers. The ANSI review also featured a two-day onsite assessment. We were the first pharmacy technician certification program to receive accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) in 2006, and now we are the first and only program to achieve ANSI accreditation."
"ANSI commends PTCB for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the continual improvement of its CPhT Program," said Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director of Credentialing Programs at ANSI. "Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for these credentials."
ANSI is the official US representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and – via the US National Committee – the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); and is a US representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The ANSI accreditation process – based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard – is designed to increase the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals. Since the launch of ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation Program in 2003, the Institute has accredited 67 personnel certification bodies for 190 certification programs across a range of industry sectors involving more than 3.5 million people.
ANSI's personnel certification accreditation program was the first such program in the US to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the global benchmark for accreditation body practice. Accordingly, ANSI's accreditation program is recognized as a world-renowned leader in personnel credentialing. ANSI is a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Multilateral Arrangement (MLA) for ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI's 17024 accreditation program is recognized under the PAC MLA for Persons.
PTCB is also accredited by NCCA, and has maintained this accreditation since 2006 through renewals in 2011 and 2017.
As the nation's leading certifying body for pharmacy technicians, PTCB has granted more than 615,000 certifications since its founding in 1995. PTCB was established 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 services more than 280,000 active Certified Pharmacy Technicians nationwide. PTCB's mission is to advance medication safety by certifying technicians who are qualified to support pharmacists and patient care teams in all practice settings. ptcb.org
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
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