Founded in 1852, APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians as members.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as a patient care provider in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization's more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety.
NPTA, the National Pharmacy Technician Associations, is the world's largest professional organization established specifically for pharmacy technicians. The association is dedicated to advancing the value of pharmacy technicians and the vital roles they play in pharmaceutical care. In a society of countless associations, we believe it takes much more than a mission statement to meet the professional needs and provide the needed leadership for the pharmacy technician profession- it takes action and results. The organization is compsed of pharmacy technicians practicing in a variety of practice settings, such as; retail, independent, hospital, mail-order, home care, long term care, nuclear, military, correction facility, formal education training, management, sales and many more. NPTA is a reflection of this diverse profession and provides unparalleled support and resources to our members.
PTCB was established in 1995 by the American Pharmacists Associations; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; and Michigan Pharmacists Association and joined by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 2001. PTCB advocates for a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the profession. Establishing a national standard for pharmacy technician certification through PTCB is consistent with the approach used by other health professions, including the pharmacist censure process.