This month I wanted to provide an update of some changes coming for pharmacy certified activities. As you know, Medical Education Resources is an accredited provider of pharmacy credit through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). We sponsor many educational interventions that target a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers and included in this team are pharmacists.
The ACPE together with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has developed an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. This new system is called the CPE Monitor™. It will also offer boards of pharmacy the opportunity to electronically authenticate the CPE units completed by their licensees, rather than requiring pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to submit their proof of completion statements (i.e. statements of credit) upon request or for random audits.
What will this new system mean for Medical Education Resources and our partners? We have now begun asking pharmacist participants to provide their NABP assigned e-Profile ID and date of birth (DOB in MMDD format) on the evaluation form or online evaluation template. It is the responsibility of the pharmacist to provide the correct information in order to receive credit for participating in a CPE activity.
MER has been proactive and we have already begun requiring and compiling this information for submission to the CPE Monitor™ System. We expect that this system should run smooth and be “user friendly” by midyear. We strive to ensure that our CPE activities will continue to remain compliant as well as beneficial to our valued pharmacist participants.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any continuing education question at firstname.lastname@example.org