Florida technicians must meet requirements under new state law

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Florida has passed a law requiring technicians to pass a program accredited by NCCA.

Florida has passed legislation (SB 1360) that requires technicians to register with the state board of pharmacy by 2010. To do so, they will need to either complete a board-approved training program with 1,500 hours of work as a technician under a Florida-licensed pharmacist, or be certified by a program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Currently there are two groups accredited by NCCA. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board <www.ptcb.org> was the first group to be accredited; it applauded the Florida legislation. The second group is the Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT), which just received accreditation from NCCA.

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