Alexandria, VA – Today the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) announced that an agreement has been reached, in principle, with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS) to move the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications.
A joint news release from CCGP, BPS and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is available at this link: http://www.ccgp.org/sites/default/files/CCGP_ASCP_BPS_Announce_10252016.pdf
The CCGP Board of Commissioners is taking this action because the Board believes that this action is in the best interests of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists. Moving the geriatric credential under the BPS umbrella will improve the visibility of the credential and the status of the credential with employers and other stakeholders—enhancing the value of geriatric board certification.
A survey of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists conducted by CCGP in May 2016 found strong interest among CGPs in “bringing the CGP credential under the BPS umbrella,” with over two-thirds of CGPs supportive. The same proportion were in favor of changing the geriatric certification credential designation from “CGP” to “BCGP” (Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist). The latter designation conforms to the system used by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Moving the geriatric credential to BPS will also improve the visibility of the credential to markets that CCGP has not had the resources to reach. This should lead to more rapid growth of the geriatric credential than was possible with limited CCGP visibility and marketing funds.
As more and more states express interest in advanced practice status for pharmacists—and board certification as a means of qualification for advanced practice status—CCGP lacks the resources to monitor legislative and regulatory activity in the 50 states and advocate for the CGP credential apart from all the credentials included under the BPS umbrella. Positioning the geriatric credential through BPS will ensure recognition of geriatric certification in state legislation and regulations.
Although the geriatric credential is moving to BPS, the same professional development providers, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will continue to be used after the consolidation with BPS. These agreements will remain in place until May 2021. Certified Geriatric Pharmacists can continue to use these providers for continuing education credits for recertification.
At this time of transition, CCGP wishes to express strong appreciation to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists for the nearly 20 years of support and for the vision of Tim Webster and the ASCP Board of Directors in launching a geriatric board certification program for pharmacists in 1997.
“In March of 1995, Tim Webster and I met with BPS leadership to discuss launching a geriatric board certification program for pharmacists,” said Thomas R. Clark, Executive Director of CCGP. “At that time, conditions were not right for the geriatric certification program to fit within BPS. A lot has changed since then and it is a privilege to participate in bringing the program full circle.”
The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) is a nonprofit credentialing body created by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) in 1997. CCGP offers a board certification examination in geriatric pharmacy practice. CCGP is autonomous from ASCP, with its own governing Board of Commissioners, and is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
Thomas R. Clark, RPh, MHS, CGP
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