Tampa, FL, March 2, 2015 –The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) today announced that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) Program.
Specialty pharmacy is considered one of the fastest growing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, gaining more visibility and more interest in the field. Specialty drugs are increasing in market share coupled with a rising percentage of health plan spending. As specialty pharmacy continues to grow rapidly, the demand for clear standards and guidelines continues to build.
The CSP credential is a key indicator to employers, manufacturers, patients, payers, other healthcare providers and the public at large that a professional is an expert in specialty pharmaceuticals. It demonstrates proficiency in specialty pharmacy management duties in a variety of practice settings.
“The CSP credential positions pharmacists to stand out in the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, Executive Director of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB). “We are thrilled that the NCCA Commission, by accrediting the program, has verified that the CSP meets stringent national standards. The accreditation testifies to SPCB’s dedication to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future.”
As more pharmacy graduates enter the workforce, the CSP and other pharmacy certifications are going to make a difference in the job marketplace. “Accreditation will allow CSP to become more widely recognized as not only a job differentiator, but also as a company differentiator,” said Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP, Vice President of Clinical Services for Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. and past president of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).
SPCB works in partnership with qualified psychometric consultants to ensure the CSP examination is developed and maintained in a manner consistent with accepted psychometric testing practices and national accreditation standards for certification programs. The CSP examination is given during the months of April and October each year. The exam is offered through Comira test centers across the US.
The CSP program will be accredited for a five-year period, through February 28, 2020.
For more information on the CSP credential, visit www.spcboard.org.
SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.