NABP is closely monitoring the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our exams, scheduled surveys and inspections, and the Annual Meeting.
A list of emergency and temporary orders, policies, and board statements by state can be viewed here or on the boards of pharmacy page.
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NABP Testing Program Customers
NAPLEX and MPJE Applicants
All Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) are closed from March 16 to April 30, 2020 or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open. Candidates are now able to schedule exam appointments for May 1 and beyond. Please note that test site availability is determined by local conditions. All rescheduling fees will be waived for those whose appointments were cancelled between March 16 and April 30. See the Pearson VUE FAQs for more information on scheduling and rescheduling your exam appointment.
If you are already licensed in at least one state, consider using the new NABP Passport, which facilitates non-resident temporary licenses as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
If your Authorization to Test (ATT) is still valid, you may use the same ATT. If your ATT expires during the PPC COVID-19 closures, NABP will work with the Boards of Pharmacy after the testing centers re-open to extend those eligibilities. Eligibility will NOT be extended until we know when Pearson VUE is opening again. We are aware there will be capacity issues when they do open and will work through these issues.
More information is also available on their website.
PCOA Administrators and Test Takers
We are working closely with schools and colleges of pharmacy who are scheduled to administer the PCOA over the coming months to accommodate school closures.
As of March 24, 2020, ECE has suspended operations until further notice. Candidates should not send any documents to ECE at this time. Documents en route will be returned to sender. (Candidates may not submit educational documents to NABP for evaluation.) Please visit the ECE website for additional information and updates.
ETS has also closed testing sites and, therefore, the TOEFL iBT is temporarily unavailable to FPGEC candidates. FPGEC does not accept remote proctored exams or “My Best” scores. Check the ETS website for updates on test center availability.
If you have not yet submitted an FPGEC application, please do not apply until all of your documents are available for submission. This includes:
- Educational documents
- Pharmacy license/registration
- Passing TOEFL iBT score
If you have already submitted documentation, please note that it will be evaluated in the order it is received. Allow extra time in addition to the standard time frames for processing.
- The date your documentation was processed and prepared for evaluation can be found in the Document Status table in the FPGEC section of NABP e-Profile. After evaluation, a deficiency or acceptance notice will be posted.
We thank you for your patience during this time, the FPGEC understands the importance of a timely evaluation and is continually striving to provide this for our candidates.
Accreditation and Inspection Applicants
Effective Thursday, March 19, NABP will suspend all accreditation survey and inspection activity. We will continue processing new applications for all programs, including accreditation renewals and reaccreditations.
There may be delays in NABP completing licensure transfer applications due to closures of some Boards of Pharmacy. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete applications as promptly as possible.
116th NABP Annual Meeting Attendees
It is with the deepest regret that NABP 116th Annual Meeting has been canceled.
Please sign into the Annual Meeting website for information on canceling your registration and receiving a refund. If you registered for the meeting but have not paid your registration fee, we also ask that you cancel your online registration.
NABP is not responsible for the cancellation of your travel. Please cancel your travel arrangements directly through the hotel and respective airlines.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Meeting Services department at NABPmeetings@nabp.pharmacy
- How patients get infected and what to watch for from CDC
- Information on Coronavirus testing
- There are currently no treatments or cures. Patients should beware of and report products that claim to treat COVID-19
- Educational presentation from NABP