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BPS Issues Call for Petitions in Critical Care Pharmacy and Pediatric Pharmacy
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) issued a call for petitions in the recognition of two new pharmacy specialties, critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy. After completing a review of the recently completed Role Delineation Studies, BPS found evidence to warrant consideration and petitions of critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy as potential specialties.
The Role Delineation Studies were conducted to delineate the tasks performed by the pharmacists specializing in critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy, within broad domains of practice, and to identify the specialized (i.e., beyond licensure) knowledge needed to perform the delineated tasks. A third Role Delineation Study of pain and palliative care pharmacy was conducted, but at this time BPS will not be pursuing a call for petitions in this area.
BPS provides information in the Petitioner’s Guide for Recognition of a Pharmacy Practice Specialty (available on the BPS web site at www.bpsweb.org) to assist those interested in developing and submitting a petition for recognition of a pharmacy practice specialty. Procedures for the review of petitions are designed to provide for a reasoned consideration of submissions. These procedures accommodate communication from other pharmacists and other health professionals who might be directly affected by the recognition of a new pharmacy practice specialty. In addition, these procedures allow for communication from the public who might benefit from such recognition.
Susan Goodin, PharmD, BCOP, 2012 chair of the BPS Board of Directors, noted, “BPS is aggressively exploring new specialties because there is a need within the health care system for the knowledge and skills of pharmacy specialists. While the Role Delineation Studies are valid for five years, BPS is prepared to move quickly to evaluate petitions in critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy once they are submitted.”
BPS recently committed to conducting Role Delineation Studies in Cardiology and Infectious Diseases. Practice Analysis Taskforces will be named for these two areas in June 2012 and the Role Delineation Studies will be completed in spring 2013.
The 2012 BPS examinations for certification in six recognized areas of specialty pharmacy practice will be administered at more than 60 locations worldwide on October 6, 2012. For more information on BPS specialties, including applying for the 2012 examination, visit www.bpsweb.org
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