NABP is closely monitoring the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our programs, including exams and scheduled surveys and inspections.
NABP Testing Program Customers
NAPLEX and MPJE Applicants
NABP continues to monitor appointment availability with Pearson VUE. Seating capacity will abide by social distancing guidelines and be increased at Pearson Professional Centers as local ordinances allow. Please be aware that the number of seats available may be limited due to local ordinances. NABP does not determine appointment priorities.
Pearson VUE is required to adhere to all face mask guidelines. Face masks must be worn at the testing sites and throughout the duration of the exam.
We recommend you schedule your appointment as soon as possible. If your Authorization to Test (ATT) expires, you will forfeit your exam fees and must reapply. Refer to the NAPLEX/MPJE Candidate Application Bulletin for detailed information about the exam and NABP’s policies.
PCOA Administrators and Test Takers
The PCOA will be proctored solely online for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are working closely with schools and colleges of pharmacy who are scheduled to administer the PCOA.
The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee® (FPGEC®) will be extending some candidate applications to October 10, 2021. This will allow candidates to sit for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination® (FPGEE®) on October 6, 2021.
- Candidates who received the extension will see the dates noted in their NABP e-Profile.
- Exam registration and Pearson VUE scheduling opens on May 6, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the extension or the exam, contact us.
FPGEE ID Cards (FICs)
FICs will only be sent to candidates who have registered for the FPGEE and received an ATT. An email will be sent upon mailing of your FIC. Thank you for your patience as FICs are processed and mailed.
There may be delays in NABP completing licensure transfer applications due to schedule adjustments of some Boards of Pharmacy. We appreciate your patience while we work to complete applications as promptly as possible.
Accreditation and Inspection Applicants
As some states and geographic areas begin to ease restrictions and reopen, we are monitoring and applying current federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations to determine how to safely conduct surveys and inspections.
We are NOT currently performing surveys or inspections in the following states:
State List Updated April 8, 2021 – The list will be updated as additional states allow surveys and inspections to be conducted. Reference the list again at a later date if your state is listed. We will contact facilities in locations where a survey or inspection may occur.
We are following CDC recommendations for travel and resumption of business operations. In addition, we have established guidelines for resuming survey and inspection activity. We will work closely with applicants, to ensure all guidelines are met and followed prior to and including the day of the inspection or survey. The following guidelines must be met prior to an onsite survey or inspection being performed:
- The state and surrounding area where the facility is located is not under any stay at home order or our staff are able to travel to the state or surrounding area based on its status as an essential business.
- We have discussed the resumption of surveys and inspections with the state board of pharmacy in which the survey or inspection is to occur.
- The facility requests or otherwise agrees to the survey or inspection.
- The facility has documented methods in place for the detection and prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
- Information on prior cases of COVID-19 at the facility and procedures for how they were handled are disclosed to our team.
- The facility identifies times when contact intensity and the number of contacts with others will be lowest in the facility to minimize interaction among individuals.
- We determine it is safe for our staff or contractors to go into the facility.
- We will implement processes to evaluate more applicant materials and processes in advance of the survey and inspection to limit the time in the facility.
- Our staff and contractors will have masks or face coverings and gloves to use during survey or inspection and additional masks or face coverings, gloves, and hand sanitizer to use during travel to/from the facility.
- Our staff and contractors will adhere to any additional safety measures established by the facility.
- Our staff and contractors will verify that they, nor anyone in their household have had a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms for the prior 10-day period.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a very fluid situation; consequently, the above guidelines are subject to change and we reserve the right to not conduct an inspection or survey at our own discretion.
Contact the Accreditation and Inspection Programs department at 847/391-4539 with any questions or visit the Programs page for additional information.