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CGP Credential Transition to BPS
The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential has been moved under the Board of Pharmacy Specialties portfolio of pharmacist certifications. Calendar year 2017 will be a year of transition, with the CGP examination being offered during the four examination windows used by CCGP and AMP/PSI test company and test centers continuing to be used through the end of 2017. The goal is to have the geriatric examination fully integrated into the Board of Pharmacy Specialties by the beginning of 2018.
A joint news release from CCGP, BPS, and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was issued on October 25, 2016 to announce the transition.
A news release from CCGP provides more background about the transition and the rationale for the decision.
CCGP has also provided a Frequently Asked Questions document (updated January 18, 2017) with more details about the transition of the CGP credential to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Some details remain to be worked out, and as decisions are made and details are added, this document will be updated.
On November 3, the CCGP Board of Commissioners voted to authorize use of the "BCGP" designation for Certified Geriatric Pharmacists, along with the "CGP" designation through the end of calendar year 2017. Effective January 1, 2017, "BCGP" will become the official designation for the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential. The flexibility in use of either designation during the transition period will allow pharmacists time to use up and reorder business cards, brochures, and other supplies or products with the "CGP" designation.
On November 4, 2016, the Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and the BPS Executive Director posted a blog entry on the BPS website about the transition of the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential to BPS: Transition of CGP Credential is Another Important Step for Professional Unity.
The transition of the CGP credential to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties was a major discussion item at the CCGP Annual Meeting on November 5. The CCGP Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Bill Ellis, Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, attended the meeting to give a brief presentation and help answer questions about the transition. The meeting room was very crowded and attendees were very interested and positive about the transition. It was a quite successful meeting. Slides from the CCGP Annual Meeting are available at the links below:
BPS Executive Director Bill Ellis and CCGP Executive Director Tom Clark were interviewed on ASHP TV during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2016. They discussed the transition of the CGP credential to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
A news release about the transfer of the geriatric credential under the BPS portfolio was posted on January 9, 2017.