SPCB recognizes first wave of certified specialty pharmacists

Alexandria, VA, November 11, 2013

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) today announced that 49 specialty pharmacists earned the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) after the first round of exams were administered in October. Using a nationally recognized certification program development process, the CSP provides a credible method for measuring the knowledge and ability of specialty pharmacists and was created to serve as an objective tool for identifying competent professionals within the specialty pharmacy industry.

“We congratulate the first wave of Certified Specialty Pharmacists as they embark on a new chapter in their careers through demonstrating their commitment and elevated skill set to employers and the greater industry by earning their certification,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, Executive Director, SPCB.”Earning the CSP lets employers, patients, colleagues and other important stakeholders to the specialty pharmacy industry know that they are experts in handling specialty pharmaceuticals and have achieved a nationally-recognized level of knowledge and proficiency. We look forward to seeing where earning certification takes these truly accomplished specialty pharmacists.”

Offered in April and October at testing centers across the United States, the exam covers four separate domains: intake, fulfillment, clinical management, and outcomes. The next opportunity for Specialty Pharmacists to take the CSP exam will be in April 2014. Online applications for future exam windows are now accepted. Specialty Pharmacists interested in applying for the CSP should review the Eligibility Requirements and Candidate Handbook prior to completing online application.

SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated, and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.