Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) Receives Accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) Credential

Tampa, FL, March 2, 2015 –The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) today announced that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) Program.

Specialty pharmacy is considered one of the fastest growing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, gaining more visibility and more interest in the field. Specialty drugs are increasing in market share coupled with a rising percentage of health plan spending. As specialty pharmacy continues to grow rapidly, the demand for clear standards and guidelines continues to build.

The CSP credential is a key indicator to employers, manufacturers, patients, payers, other healthcare providers and the public at large that a professional is an expert in specialty pharmaceuticals. It demonstrates proficiency in specialty pharmacy management duties in a variety of practice settings.

“The CSP credential positions pharmacists to stand out in the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, Executive Director of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB). “We are thrilled that the NCCA Commission, by accrediting the program, has verified that the CSP meets stringent national standards. The accreditation testifies to SPCB’s dedication 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.”

As more pharmacy graduates enter the workforce, the CSP and other pharmacy certifications are going to make a difference in the job marketplace. “Accreditation will allow CSP to become more widely recognized as not only a job differentiator, but also as a company differentiator,” said Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP,  Vice President of Clinical Services for Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. and past president of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).

SPCB works in partnership with qualified psychometric consultants to ensure the CSP examination is developed and maintained in a manner consistent with accepted psychometric testing practices and national accreditation standards for certification programs. The CSP examination is given during the months of April and October each year. The exam is offered through Comira test centers across the US.

The CSP program will be accredited for a five-year period, through February 28, 2020.

For more information on the CSP credential, visit www.spcboard.org.

About SPCB
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.

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.

Specialty Pharmacy Technician Certification Feasibility Study

Alexandria, VA, August 30, 2013

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) announced plans to launch a feasibility study for a Certified Specialty Pharmacy Technician™ (CSPT™) designation.

Pharmacy technicians working in the specialty pharmacy industry have an expanded role in pharmacy. This role is uniquely differentiated from other pharmacy technician services due to the administrative and clinical complexities associated with specialty medications. In many situations, technicians are involved in a variety of additional activities such as: patient onboarding, order entry, patient care coordination, and cold chain distribution and shipping activities.

The specialty pharmacy technician feasibility study will determine if there is sufficient interest by major pharmacy stakeholders to support the development of a certification program and establishment of national standards of education, experience and practice for specialty pharmacy technicians. Data will be gathered from a diverse range of pharmacy stakeholders to assess market interest and need.

Specialty pharmaceuticals intersect all distribution channels, including, specialty pharmacies, hospital, retail, infusion, home health care and managed care organizations.

“This is a unique opportunity to align specialty pharmacy stakeholders and pharmacy technician teaching institutions to ensure that current and future specialty pharmacy technicians are better equipped to meet the demanding roles and responsibilities of one of the fastest growing areas in pharmacy. The SPCB is committed to be the conduit of this specialty pharmacy feasibility study,” said Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, President, SPCB.

The 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.