The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) supports the use of pharmacy technicians in a variety of drug distribution and quality control activities in institutions that provide established distributive and clinical pharmacy services.  Two examples of functions which can be completed by a technician and checked by a second technician are unit dose cart filling and restocking of non-patient specific medications. Individual healthcare systems must determine an internal mechanism of assuring that technicians who will be providing a double check of medications leaving the pharmacy (1) are qualified and competent to perform the duty and (2) demonstrate a baseline of knowledge of pharmacy practice typically attained through a formal training program and certification (such as PTCB Certification for Pharmacy Technicians, CPhT). There must also be a regular program of continuous quality assessment and improvement built into the system.

Revised 10/2015