The Certified Specialty Pharmacist Credential (CSP) recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide competent Specialty Pharmacy services. Individuals who have earned the CSP credential have demonstrated knowledge of the professional domains that encompass the tasks and knowledge required of a Specialty Pharmacy professional in various practice settings.
View the Candidate Handbook for more information about CSP requirements and information about earning the credential.
The SPCB Board is dedicated to promoting the specialty pharmacist’s responsibility in maintaining the highest possible quality standards to ensure safe and efficient patient care; advancing ethical practice; and advocating for professional development to ensure that patients served receive safe, efficient care now and in the future.
The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) was established in 2011 to develop and oversee certification programs for specialty pharmacists and related Specialty Pharmacy professionals, implement policies and procedures for these certification programs, and to oversee the development of the certification examination(s).
In 2016 SPCB became an independent vision of the National Association for Specialty Pharmacy (NASP), a 501(c)(6) not for profit corporation. The SPCB retains autonomy over all certification program policies and decisions.
View the SPCB Governance Charter here.
Code of Conduct
The SPCB supports appropriate, professional standards designed to serve the public. SPCB certificants and applicants for certification provide Specialty Pharmacy services in a manner that promotes integrity and reflects positively on the profession, consistent with accepted moral, ethical, and legal standards.
The SPCB Code of Conduct applies to each individual credentialed by the SPCB and each individual seeking certification from SPCB (candidates or applicants). The Code of Conduct establishes the basic ethical standards for the professional behavior of SPCB certificants and applicants.
Download the Candidate Handbook to read the full Code of Conduct.
The SPCB has adopted the procedures to allow individuals to bring complaints concerning the conduct of individuals who are certified by the SPCB. In the event an individual applicant or certificant violates the SPCB Code of Conduct, certification rules, or SPCB policies the SPCB Board of Directors may reprimand or suspend the individual or may revoke certification.
Complaints may be submitted by any individual or entity. Complaints should be reported to SPCB in writing and should include the name of the person submitting the complaint, the name of the person the complaint is regarding along with other relevant identifying information, a detailed description of factual allegations supporting the charges, and any relevant supporting documentation.
Download the Candidate Handbook to read the full Complaints and Disciplinary Actions policy.
SPCB adheres to principles of fairness and due process and endorses the principles of equal opportunity. In administering the certification program, SPCB does not discriminate or deny opportunity to anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status, source of income, or any other status protected by applicable law.
All candidates for certification are judged solely on the published eligibility and recertification criteria determined by the SPCB Board of Directors.
Proper Use of the Credential
The SPCB is authorized to license the use of certification marks.
After receiving notification of certification, credentials may be used only as long as certification remains valid and in good standing. Individuals may not use the CSP, or any other credential awarded by SPCB, until they have received specific written notification that they have successfully completed all requirements, including passing the exam. Certificants must comply with all recertification requirements to maintain use of the credential. The certification mark may be used only as long as certification is valid, after which time certification may be renewed.
Certificants will receive a certificate that includes their name, credential awarded, and expiration date. The certificate may only be displayed during the time period for which the credential is valid. Certificates remain the property of SPCB and must be returned to SPCB upon request.
For individuals who hold multiple credentials, the preferred order is: highest academic degree followed by licensure and then national certifications.
Certification is a non-transferable, revocable, limited, non-exclusive license to use the certification designation “CSP”, subject to compliance with the policies and procedures, as may be revised from time to time.
Ownership of the Mark and Logo
The certification mark and logo are the property of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board. Except as permitted by this policy, any use or display of SPCB certification marks and/or logos without the prior written permission of the SPCB Board is prohibited.
Education and training providers may not use the SPCB name, logos, or certification marks to state or imply any approval or endorsement by SPCB or any affiliation with SPCB.