This article discussed the process and accomplishment of an enactment of mandatory pharmacy technician certification in Kansas. In 2004, Kansas began the step in requiring registration of all pharmacy technicians. These technicians were required to register, however they did not require any certification. Later, on September 2012, the Kansas Board of Pharmacy created a task force to research practices of technician certification in other states and to make recommendations to the board of pharmacy on how to create mandatory technician certification. This task force then formed the steps needed to achieve the legislation to support mandatory technician certification. These recommendations were then finalized at the August 2013 Kansas Pharmacy Summit and proposed legislation was then passed during the 2014 session. This legislation outlined topics such as training requirements, age and education requirements, pharmacist to technician ratio, and more.
Pharmacists are not able to provide everything that a patient in a community setting will want. That is why having pharmacy technicians is important within the community field. As of now the state of Pennsylvania has a certification that is available for people interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, however this is not required. Along with this, there are no strict guidelines for being a pharmacy technician. These guidelines and requirements might make a positive impact on work conducted within a community setting. Having a more regular and monitored assistant position within a community pharmacy might also improve patient care and reduce the risk of mistakes.