The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy was founded in 1997 by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. At the end of 2016, CCGP dissolved and consolidated with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination was moved under the portfolio of certification examinations offered by BPS. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties now offers this voluntary certification program for pharmacists, with a focus on geriatric pharmacy practice. This certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
To become certified, eligible pharmacists must pass a written examination on geriatric pharmacy practice and principles of geriatric drug therapy. In 2017, the examination is offered by a professional testing company, Applied Measurement Professionals, to ensure the examination is psychometrically valid and meets all the appropriate standards of certification. A pharmacist who passes the examination is designated as a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP).
The year of 2017 is a transition year for the geriatric certification program. By the beginning of 2018, the plan is to have the geriatric certification program fully integrated into the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. For more information about the transition, check this link.