Chicago, IL – Following a successful pilot program engaging 40 continuing pharmacy education (CPE) providers, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) announced the launch of the new continuing pharmacy education tracking service, CPE Monitor. ACPE is working in partnership with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), to authenticate and store data for completed CPE units received by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from ACPE-accredited providers.
Dimitra V. Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Executive Director and Director of the Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation for ACPE, states that “this service will save time and expense for state boards of pharmacy, CPE providers, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians by providing a centralized repository for continuing pharmacy education details. CPE Monitor will be helpful to the growing number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are licensed in multiple states and may need to meet the varied CPE requirements of different state boards of pharmacy.”
When CPE Monitor is fully implemented, providers will no longer need to issue electronic or printed statements of credit to their pharmacist and pharmacy technician participants. Instead, the tracking system will make CPE data for each participant available to the state boards of pharmacy where participants are licensed or registered. Implementation of the CPE tracking system will also eliminate the need for Annual Activity Update (AAU) reporting by the provider each year. Full implementation of CPE monitor by all CPE providers is expected by the end of 2012, and it is anticipated that the boards of pharmacy will be able to begin accessing their licensees’ CPE data by 2013.
The CPE tracking system will create a direct link for sending CPE data from ACPE-accredited providers to ACPE and then to NABP, ensuring that all reported CPE units are officially verified by ACPE-accredited providers. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may obtain their NABP e-Profile ID, the unique identification number to be required when registering for a CPE activity from an ACPE-accredited provider, by going to www.MyCPEmonitor.net.