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New CCGP Policy on Spacing of CE for Recertification
The CCGP Professional Development Committee has been reviewing the Professional Development Program (PDP) used for recertification of the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential. Pharmacists who renew by PDP are required to complete 75 credit hours of continuing education over the five year period of the certification cycle. For a variety of reasons, a significant number of pharmacists seem to wait until the last year of their certification cycle (or even later) to begin working on the required CE to renew by PDP.
In response to concern about this issue, the Professional Development Committee recommended a policy change to the CCGP Board of Commissioners. The Committee recommended that Certified Geriatric Pharmacists who renew by PDP be required to complete at least 15 credit hours of CE no later than 3 years prior to the expiration date of the credential; AND at least 30 hours must be completed at least 2 years prior to expiration of the credential. The CCGP Board agreed and adopted the recommendation at their meeting on January 28, 2014.
This policy change will take effect on January 1, 2019. This means that pharmacists who certify or recertify on or after January 1, 2014 should plan to complete at least 15 credit hours of designated CE for the PDP by January 1, 2016; AND complete at least 30 hours of CE by January 1, 2017.
Here is a link to the new Policy on Spacing of Professional Development Credits
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