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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  October 27, 2017
    Volume 44• Issue 22 • Pages 1049—1050
    Title 10
    Subtitle 34 BOARD OF PHARMACY
    10.34.34 Pharmacy Technicians
    Authority: Health-Occupations Article, §§12-205 and 12-6B-01, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulation .05 under COMAR 10.34.34 Pharmacy Technicians. This action was considered by the Board of Pharmacy at an open meeting held on June 21, 2017, notice of which was given by publication on the Board’s website, http://health.maryland.gov/pharmacy/Pages/index.aspx from May 18, 2017 — June 21, 2017, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to exempt first-year pharmacy students from the training requirements for pharmacy technicians and allow first-year pharmacy students to perform delegated pharmacy acts under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in accordance with Ch. 764, Acts of 2017.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    The proposed action has no economic impact.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through November 27, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .05 Pharmacy Students — Exemptions.
    A. Pharmacy students who are practicing in a pharmacy as part of a school of pharmacy sanctioned experiential learning rotation are not subject to the registration requirements of Regulation .04 of this chapter.
    B. Pharmacy students who are currently completing the first year of a professional pharmacy education program and are not in a school of pharmacy sanctioned experiential learning rotation may perform delegated pharmacy acts provided that the pharmacy student:
    (1) Submits to the Board a signed completed application for exemption from the registration requirements of Regulation .04 of this chapter; and
    (2) Provides verification of enrollment and good standing at an accredited school of pharmacy.
    C. A pharmacy student may begin work under this exemption upon compliance with §B of this regulation.
    D. An exemption from registration granted under this regulation is effective only during the first year of the pharmacy student’s professional pharmacy education program.
    E. Pharmacy students granted an exemption from registration under this regulation are not subject to renewal requirements as set forth in Regulation .08 of this chapter.
    F. A pharmacy student granted an exemption from registration under this regulation shall perform delegated pharmacy acts under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and in accordance with Health Occupations Article, Title 12, Subtitle 6B, Annotated Code of Maryland, and this chapter.
    Secretary of Health