New Rules for Pharmacy Technicians Effective November 30

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New Rules for Pharmacy Technicians Effective November 30

Greetings from the State Board of Pharmacy,

We are sending this email because you may employ, educate or work with pharmacy technicians who, under a new state law, must obtain a certification from the State Board of Pharmacy (Board) by March 30, 2020. This means pharmacy technicians in Colorado cannot practice on or after March 30, 2020, without a certification or a provisional certification from the Board. Governor Jared Polis signed the bill HB19-1242 - Regulate Pharmacy Technicians on June 3, 2019.  

The Board held a Rulemaking Hearing on October 3, 2019, and the new rules affecting pharmacy technicians went into effect on November 30, 2019. Certification requirements are located in Rule 29, which is found on page 199 of the new Rules. Pharmacy technicians should start preparing to apply for and become certified (provisional or non-provisional certificate) by March 30, 2020. We encourage all pharmacy technicians to review the new Rules as well as the FAQ on the Board’s website.

The applications for pharmacy technician certification and provisional certification will be available early 2020. Confirmation of the specific date will be posted on the Board home page as soon as it becomes available. The fee for a pharmacy technician certification or provisional certification will be $57.

Additional information related to the new pharmacy technician certification requirements will be posted to the State Board of Pharmacy webpage as it becomes available. If you have additional questions, please contact us at


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