California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 684

Introduced by Assembly Member Bonilla

February 25, 2015

An act to amend Section 4200.3 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


AB 684, as introduced, Bonilla. Pharmacy.

Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacists by the California State Board of Pharmacy within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes the board to license as a pharmacist an applicant who meets specified requirements, including passage of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination. Existing law requires the examination process to meet specified standards and federal guidelines and requires the board to terminate use of that examination if the department determines that the examination fails to meet those standards. Existing law requires the board to report to the now obsolete Joint Committee on Boards, Commissions, and Consumer Protection and the department specified examination pass rate information.

This bill would instead require the board to report that pass rate information to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and the department. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 4200.3 of the Business and Professions
is amended to read:



(a) The examination process shall be regularly
4reviewed pursuant to Section 139.

5(b) The examination process shall meet the standards and
6guidelines set forth in the Standards for Educational and
7Psychological Testing and thebegin delete Federalend deletebegin insert federalend insert Uniform Guidelines
8begin delete forend deletebegin insert onend insert Employee Selection Procedures. The board shall work with
9the Office of Professional Examination Services of the department
10 or with an equivalent organization who shall certify at minimum
11once every five years that the examination process meets these
12national testing standards. If the department determines that the
13examination process fails to meet these standards, the board shall
14terminate its use of the North Americanbegin delete Pharmacyend deletebegin insert Pharmacistend insert
15 Licensure Examination and shall use only the written and practical
16examination developed by the board.

17(c) The examination shall meet the mandates of subdivision (a)
18of Section 12944 of the Government Code.

19(d) The board shall work with the Office of Professional
20Examination Services or with an equivalent organization to develop
21the state jurisprudence examination to ensure that applicants for
22licensure are evaluated on their knowledge of applicable state laws
23and regulations.

24(e) The board shall annually publish the pass and fail rates for
25the pharmacist’s licensure examination administered pursuant to
26Section 4200, including a comparison of historical pass and fail
27rates before utilization of the North American Pharmacist Licensure

29(f)begin insertend insertbegin insert(1)end insert The board shall report to thebegin delete Joint Committee on Boards,
30Commissions, and Consumer Protectionend delete
begin insert appropriate policy
31committees of the Legislature end insert
and the department as part of its
32next scheduled review, the pass rates of applicants who sat for the
33national examination compared with the pass rates of applicants
34who sat for the prior state examination. This report shall be a
35component of the evaluation of the examination process that is
36based on psychometrically sound principles for establishing
37minimum qualifications and levels of competency.

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P3    1(2) This subdivision shall become inoperative on January 1,
22020, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.

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