DCA, Board of Pharmacy Waive Restrictions on Pharmacist-Conducted COVID-19 Tests

This week, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the State Board of Pharmacy waived a series of regulations authorizing pharmacists statewide to collect specimens for COVID-19 tests and order tests for consumers. The specimens will be delivered to and processed at public health, university, or commercial laboratories. The test must be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmacist collecting the specimen must be competent and trained in the specimen collection necessary to perform the test.

The waiver is in place for 60 days and may be further extended by the DCA Director. The full order is available here.