Human Trafficking CE Requirement Reminder
In 2019 the Florida legislature passed House bill 851 requiring all Florida licensed health care providers to complete a 1 hour CE program on Human Trafficking. This program must be completed by January 1, 2021 (F.S. 456.0341). We understand through the Department of Health that only 50% of Florida licensed pharmacists and 27% of Florida registered pharmacy technicians have taken this course.
According to the legislation’s staff analysis, Human trafficking is modern-day slavery involving exploitation of an adult by using fraud, force, or coercion,or exploitation of a minor. The International Labor Organization, the United Nations agency charged with addressing labor standards, employment, and social protection issues, estimates that as many as 27 million adults and children are subject to human trafficking at any given time.
From our review, this CE requirement is not reoccurring but is required in order for a licensure renewal for pharmacists to be successful in September of 2021 and for renewals of technician registrations to be successful in December of 2022.
If you have completed this program through the FPA, we have already reported the data to CEBroker on your behalf. You can verify by checking your FPA online profile or by going to CEBroker. If you completed your Human Trafficking CE through other providers you can verify with CEBroker.
If you have not yet taken this program, the FPA is offering a live session during our December Law Conference in Sarasota, Florida. We also have a home study version available on our web site. Look for “Human Trafficking Awareness in Pharmacy” at this hyperlink: https://floridapharmacy.org/general/custom.asp?page=home-study-ce
Don’t forget that F.S. 456.0341 also requires licensees and certificate holders to post in your place of work in a conspicuous place accessible to employees a sign by January 1, 2021. The sign must be at least 11 inches by 15 inches in size, printed in a clearly legible font and in at least a 32-point type, which substantially states in English and Spanish the following text:
|“If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in an activity and cannot leave, whether it is prostitution, housework, farm work, factory work, retail work, restaurant work, or any other activity, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to 233-733 to access help and services. Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and Florida law.”
You can go to this web site for more information: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/humantrafficking/
With Kindest Regards,
Michael A. Jackson, BPharm, CPh
Florida Pharmacy Association, Executive Vice President & CEO
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