as amended, Bonilla.
begin deletePharmacy. end delete
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.end delete
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.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 4200.3 of the Business and Professions
33Code is amended to read:
(a) The examination process shall be regularly
35reviewed pursuant to Section 139.
36(b) The examination process shall meet the standards and
37guidelines set forth in the Standards for Educational and
38Psychological Testing and the federal Uniform Guidelines on
P4 1Employee Selection Procedures. The board shall work with the
2Office of Professional Examination Services of the department or
3with an equivalent organization who shall certify at minimum once
4every five years that the examination process meets these national
5testing standards. If the department determines that the examination
6process fails to meet these standards, the board shall terminate its
7use of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and
8shall use only the written and practical examination developed by
10(c) The examination shall meet the mandates of subdivision (a)
11of Section 12944 of the Government Code.
12(d) The board shall work with the Office of Professional
13Examination Services or with an equivalent organization to develop
14the state jurisprudence examination to ensure that applicants for
15licensure are evaluated on their knowledge of applicable state laws
17(e) The board shall annually publish the pass and fail rates for
18the pharmacist’s licensure examination administered pursuant to
19Section 4200, including a comparison of historical pass and fail
20rates before utilization of the North American Pharmacist Licensure
22(f) (1) The board shall report to the appropriate policy
23committees of the Legislature and the department as part of its
24next scheduled review, the pass rates of applicants who sat for the
25national examination compared with the pass rates of applicants
26who sat for the prior state examination. This report shall be a
27component of the evaluation of the examination process that is
28based on psychometrically sound principles for establishing
29minimum qualifications and levels of competency.
30(2) This subdivision shall become inoperative on January 1,
312020, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.