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(1) Continuing education programs sponsored by providers that are approved by the following organizations will automatically qualify for continuing education credit:

(a) the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE);

(b) programs that have been approved for Continuing Medical Education (CME) by a state Board of Medical Examiners or its equivalent; or

(c) programs that have been approved for CME by an accredited CME provider.

(2) Pharmacists may receive CEU for programs other than those on the ACPE list of providers. Acceptable non-ACPE programs must focus on protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public and contribute to the pharmacist's professional knowledge and competence, and must:

(a)  directly relate to the scope of practice of pharmacy as defined in board statutes and rules;

(b)  review existing concepts and techniques;

(c)  convey information beyond the basic professional education;

(d)  update knowledge on the practice and advances in pharmacy; and/or

(e)  reinforce professional conduct or ethical obligations of the pharmacist.

(3)  A maximum of 1.0 CEU (10 hours) of the hours required in ARM 24.174.2104 may be obtained through completion of non-ACPE programs.  The programs must comply with (2), and:

(a)  be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration;

(b)  be provided by an individual(s) competent in the subject matter;

(c)  provide a statement and evaluation mechanism of educational objectives; and

(d)  provide program materials and/or an agenda, and a certificate of completion that includes the program date, hours of CEU, name of non-ACPE program provider, and name of program presenter.

(4) In the event a pharmacist is selected for audit, the pharmacist must demonstrate the continuing education meets the above standards and submit non-ACPE information with a form provided by the board, including:

(a)  program materials and/or an agenda; and

(b)  a certificate of completion.


History: 37-1-319, MCA; IMP, 37-1-306, MCA; NEW, 1978 MAR p. 1740, Eff. 12/29/78; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1986 MAR p. 945, Eff. 5/30/86; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 3103, Eff. 11/20/98; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 178, Eff. 2/1/02; TRANS, from Commerce, 2002 MAR p. 904; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 109, Eff. 12/27/02; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 1148, Eff. 6/24/11; AMD, 2021 MAR p. 1671, Eff. 11/20/21.

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