Coronavirus Updates

NABP is closely monitoring the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our programs, including exams and scheduled surveys and inspections.

A list of emergency and temporary orders, policies, and board statements by state can be viewed here or on the boards of pharmacy page.

Program Updates

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.

Visit the Pearson VUE website and FAQ page for more information about test appointments.

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.

FPGEC Applicants

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.

If you have any questions regarding the extension or the exam, contact us.


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.

Licensure Transfer

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 July 22, 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.

On July 2, 2020, we provided requirements to all accreditation and inspection customers that would need to be met to resume onsite surveys and inspections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These published requirements are being updated and are as follows.

We will continue to monitor federal, state, and local guidelines and follow CDC recommendations. Once we determine it is safe for our staff or contractors to go into the facility, the following requirements apply.

Facility Requirements

NABP Requirements

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a fluid situation; consequently, the above requirements are subject to change and we reserve the right to not conduct an inspection or survey at its own discretion.

Contact the Accreditation and Inspection Programs department at 847/391-4539 with any questions or visit the Programs page for additional information.