Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII-E. Registered Pharmacy Technicians.


§ 3–1207.51. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Board” means the Board of Pharmacy.

(2) “Direct supervision” means, with respect to the supervision of a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee, that a licensed pharmacist is:

(A) Physically present at the same pharmacy as the pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee and in the general vicinity of the pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee;

(B) Readily available to answer questions of the pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee;

(C) Making appropriate in-process and end-process verifications of the activities of the pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee; and

(D) Fully responsible for the practice of the pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee.

(3) “Pharmacy technician trainee” means a person enrolled in a Board- approved training program who may perform the duties of a registered pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist in a licensed pharmacy in the District.

(4) “Registered pharmacy technician” means a person who is registered with the Board as a pharmacy technician.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 751; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this subchapter.


§ 3–1207.52. Registration.

(a) Except as provided in § 3-1207.54 and subsection (d) of this section, a person shall not engage in practice as a pharmacy technician in the District unless the person holds a valid registration issued by the Board and practices under the direct supervision of a person licensed to practice pharmacy under this chapter.

(b) To be eligible for registration as a pharmacy technician, a person shall provide proof acceptable to the Board that he or she has:

(1) A high school diploma or its equivalent, or has passed a Board- approved examination that proves that he or she has achieved competency in the educational skills required to perform the function of a pharmacy technician; and

(2)(A) A current certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, the National Healthcareer Association, or another national or state certifying organization approved by the Board; or

(B) Successfully completed one of the following types of pharmacy training programs, which shall include a Board-approved exam:

(i) A national, regional, or state accredited pharmacy technician training program recognized by the Board;

(ii) A pharmacy technician program at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation;

(iii) An employer-based pharmacy technician training program recognized by the Board that includes within a one-year period a minimum of 160 hours of training, including theoretical and practical instruction; or

(iv) A pharmacy technician program that meets the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is licensed by the District of Columbia Educational Licensure Commission, and has certified to the Board its intent to pursue accreditation upon becoming eligible to do so.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, for a period of one year after the effective date of rules issued pursuant to § 3-1207.58, a person who does not meet the requirements for registration under subsection (b) of this section shall be eligible for registration as a pharmacy technician if:

(1) The person is at least 17 years of age;

(2) The person submits proof, acceptable to the Board, that he or she has worked as a pharmacy technician for at least the 24 months immediately before May 1, 2013; and

(3) A licensed pharmacist who has supervised the applicant for at least the 6 months immediately before the date the person applies for registration attests in writing that the person has competently performed the functions of a pharmacy technician.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, for a period of one year after the effective date of the rules issued pursuant to § 3-1207.58, a person who is not eligible for registration under subsection (b) or (c) of this section may engage in practice as a pharmacy technician if the person:

(1) Has received training to competently and safely perform the tasks assigned; and

(2) Engages in the practice as a pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist licensed under this chapter.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 752; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1207.56.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.53. Identification.

A registered pharmacy technician shall wear a name tag bearing the title “registered pharmacy technician” and display his or her current registration in a conspicuous place in the pharmacy in which he or she is employed.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 753; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.54. Trainees.

(a) The Board shall issue rules regulating the duties and scope of the practice of pharmacy technician trainees.

(b) The Board, through rulemaking, may require that pharmacy technician trainees register with the Board.

(c) A pharmacy technician trainee shall not use a title other than pharmacy technician trainee and shall wear a name tag bearing the title “pharmacy technician trainee”.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 754; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1207.52.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.55. Authorized services.

(a) A registered pharmacy technician may provide technical pharmacy-related services, as defined through rulemaking, that do not require professional judgment regarding the preparation and distribution of drugs if the technical services are provided under the direct supervision of a pharmacist licensed under this chapter.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a registered pharmacy technician shall not provide the following services:

(1) Drug regimen review;

(2) Clinical conflict resolution;

(3) Prescriber contact, except for receiving authorization of prescription refills;

(4) Therapy modification;

(5) Patient counseling;

(6) Dispensing process validation;

(7) Vaccination or immunization administration;

(8) Receiving a new prescription drug order over the telephone;

(9) Any activity required by law or regulation to be performed only by a pharmacist; or

(10) Any activity for which professional pharmaceutical judgment is required.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 755; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.56. Waiver of requirements.

The Board shall waive the educational and examination requirements under § 3-1207.52(b) for any applicant for registration or registration renewal who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that he or she has been performing the function of a pharmacy technician on a full-time or substantially full-time basis continually for at least 24 months immediately preceding May 1, 2013, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent education, training, experience, and demonstrated current experience; provided, that the application is made within 24 months of May 1, 2013.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 756; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.57. Other pharmacy-related services.

(a) Unless otherwise authorized by the Board, an individual who works at a pharmacy and is not licensed or registered by the Board as a pharmacist or pharmacy intern or authorized to perform the services of a pharmacy technician under this chapter, may perform only ancillary pharmacy services, such as:

(1) Cashiering;

(2) Bookkeeping;

(3) Pricing;

(4) Stocking;

(5) Delivering;

(6) Answering nonprofessional telephone inquiries; and

(7) Documenting third-party reimbursement.

(b) An individual who is not licensed or registered by the Board as a pharmacist or pharmacy intern or authorized to perform the services of a pharmacy technician under this chapter shall not perform the tasks of a:

(1) Pharmacist;

(2) Pharmacy intern;

(3) Pharmacy technician; or

(4) Pharmacy technician trainee.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 757; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.


§ 3–1207.58. Rules.

The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 758; as added May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-303, § 2(d), 60 DCR 2711.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1207.52.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-303 added this section.