A1.Yes, Board Rule 480-15-.02 requires that pharmacy technicians register with the Board. Persons interested in applying for pharmacy technician registration should apply online and complete the Pharmacy Technician Application Supplement, which is available under “Applications and Forms.” Do not send the supplement packet until you have completed your online application by clicking on “Apply Online” above. Completed forms should be mailed to the Georgia Board of Pharmacy: Georgia Board of Pharmacy, Department of Community Health, 2 Peachtree Street N.W., 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.
You may apply with Cogent Systems/GAPS before submitting your pharmacy technician application. The Cogent Systems/GAPS website includes print locations for applicants to visit for finger printing.
You will be asked for a registration code and a verification code when you register. The ORI for registration is GAP236151; the verification code is green24. This information is on the instruction sheet referenced above.
Cogent Systems/GAPS responses are valid for six months. If you do not complete the application process before that time lapses, you will need to obtain another criminal history background check through Cogent Systems/GAPS.
Applicant is responsible for paying Cogent Systems/GAPS the fee for the criminal background check.
A4. No, however, the Board recognizes only certification through a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) nationally certified pharmacy technician program. If an applicant is PTCB certified, he/she will need to submit a copy of his/her PTCB certificate to the Board. If you need to contact PTCB, you may visit their website at www.ptcb.org, or by telephone at (800) 363-8012
A5. The pharmacist to pharmacy technician ratio may not exceed one pharmacist providing direct supervision of three pharmacy technicians, and one of the three technicians must be certified. See O.C.G.A. §26-4-82(d). However, upon application and approval by the Board, the pharmacist to pharmacy technician may exceed one pharmacist providing direct supervision to three pharmacy technicians in a hospital setting. See O.C.G.A. §26-4-82(d).
A8. When a pharmacy technician registration application is approved, the pharmacy technician will receive an email indicating that his/her registration has been issued. The pharmacy technician can also view his/her registration using the License Verification service on the Board website.
A12. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for following the laws and rules that govern their profession. Please visit the Board’s website at gbp.georgia.gov for more information including state laws, board rules, and frequently asked questions.
A14. In accordance with Board Rule 480-15-.02, after June 30, 2011, a pharmacy may only employ registered pharmacy technicians to perform pharmacy technician duties. The Board intended with its rule for all technicians working in a pharmacy after June 30, 2011 to be registered with the Board. Instructors working with students in the pharmacy will need to be registered as well. Applications may apply online. If a technician works at more than one pharmacy, they will need to notify the Board of each pharmacy where they will be working using the form provided on the application. Should you change locations after you register, complete the Pharmacy Technician Change of Employment Notification Form. There is no fee for changing work locations with the Board.
A15.Applicable Rules can be accessed under the “Laws, Policies, and Rules” section of the Board website, and they include the Rules in CHAPTER 480-15, Pharmacy Technicians and Other Pharmacy Personnel. The Chapter includes:
RULE 480-15-.01 Definitions
RULE 480-15-.02 Registration of Pharmacy Technicians
RULE 480-15-.03 Use of Registered Pharmacy Technicians and Other Pharmacy Personnel
RULE 480-15-.04 Duties of the Pharmacist in Charge Related to Registered Pharmacy Technicians
RULE 480-15-.05 Duties or Functions Prohibited from Being Performed by a Registered Pharmacy Technician
A18. To change your name on your professional license, you must send a letter requesting a change to the Board office, along with a copy of the legal document showing the change.
For example, if Ms. Jane Doe née Smith wanted to change the name on her registration to reflect her new married name, she would send a letter to the Board office stating as follows: “I, Ms. Jane Smith (pharmacy technician registration number: PHTC000000), would like my name changed to Ms. Jane Doe on my professional registration.” She would include a copy of her marriage license showing Smith as her new name.
Name change requests should be sent to the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, 2 Peachtree Street NW, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. They may also be faxed to the Board office at (770) 344-5727. Please expect 7-10 business days for receipt and processing.
A19. Effective July 1, 2012, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy stopped printing hard copies of blue wall licenses and pocket cards to registrants and licensees free of charge. This change impacted all license and registration types. You may print a PDF version of your pocket license card, free of charge. If you would like to order a hard copy of your registration directly from the Board, you may print a request form, complete it, and send the request form with a fee of $25 to the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, 2 Peachtree Street NW, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.”