Chapter 480-3 RENEWALS, INACTIVE LICENSES, AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
|(1)||Each pharmacist license will expire and must be renewed by December 31st of the even numbered years. Licenses not renewed by December 31st of the even number years may be late renewed by January 31st of the following year by payment of the current renewal fee, plus an additional late renewal fee of 50% of the renewal fee.|
|(2)|| Any license not
renewed by January 31st of the year following the renewal date deadline, shall
automatically become classified as "Administratively Revoked".
Pharmacists who wish to have their license placed on inactive status may do so
by requesting such status in writing, with an explanation of the request, to
the Board. Pharmacists requesting inactive status must have an active license
in good standing which includes meeting the continuing education requirements
as outlined in Board Policy.
|(2)||Pharmacists who wish to reactivate their license must complete and submit the proper application and meet the requirements of the Board for reactivation as set forth in Board Policy.|
|(1)||The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has the statutory responsibility and authority for the requirement of continuing education as prerequisite for a license renewal.|
|(2)||The purpose of continuing education for pharmacists is to maintain and enhance the professional competency of pharmacists licensed to practice in Georgia for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of Georgia.|
|(3)||As a requirement for the biennial renewal of his/her license, a pharmacist must complete not less than thirty (30) hours of approved continuing education.|
|(4)|| One hour of C.E. is defined as 0.1 C.E.U.
Each pharmacist in the State of Georgia must obtain 30 hours of continuing
education or 3.0 C.E.U.'s per biennium for license renewal.
|(5)||A pharmacist licensed before or during the first six (6) months of the biennium (January to June), shall be required to obtain 30 hours of C.E. A pharmacist licensed during the following twelve (12) months (June to July) shall be required to obtain 15 hours of C.E. A pharmacist licensed during the last six (6) months of the biennium shall be exempt from continuing education for that biennium only.|
|(6)|| In the event of
an audit and a pharmacist fails to submit certificates, which document his/her
required continuing education credits, the Board will not process his/her
request to renew the license until the continuing education requirements are
provided to the Board.
|(7)||The staff of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy may audit, or otherwise select randomly, the continuing education of a percentage of licensees as determined by the Board.|
|(8)||The Board may accept continuing education approved by other Boards of Pharmacy where such continuing education meets the requirements established by the Board.|
|(9)|| Approval of providers and sponsors shall
be as follows:
|(10)|| The following criteria for quality shall
be used for the approval of providers:
shall furnish each participant with adequate documentation of this or her
participation in the program. Information shall include:
|(12)||The provider shall develop policies and procedures for the management of grievances. (This does not have to be submitted to the Board.)|
|(13)||The facility shall be appropriate and adequately equipped to support the delivery of the program.|
|(14)|| Approval of programs shall be as
|(15)||All continuing education providers seeking approval of the continuing education program by the Georgia Board shall submit a program approval form for each program presented. These forms should be submitted sixty (60) days in advance. The Board may exempt programs from this advance time requirement period as set forth by Board policy.|