Inspection Services

As member boards of pharmacy worked to enhance their pharmacy inspection processes, especially with respect to sterile compounding pharmacies, they identified NABP as the most efficient facilitator of a solution that would both balance the needs of the boards and make the protection of public health a primary concern. In response, we worked closely with the board members, inspectors and compliance staff, and board executive officers to create tools and services that will enable state boards to exchange knowledge and build robust inspection programs within their state.

Inspection Blueprint Services

Working together to create a state-based program of robust inspection processes

The Multistate Pharmacy Inspection Blueprint Program was established after working with our member boards of pharmacy to develop the Inspection Blueprint, a living document that provides a minimum set of inspection criteria for pharmacy inspections. Utilizing the current United States Pharmacopeia standards, along with field operations’ best practices developed in partnership with participating boards of pharmacy, the Inspection Blueprint provides the various tools needed to ensure that member boards can inspect resident sterile compounding pharmacies that ship across state lines.

To participate in the Blueprint Program, states must:

Current Blueprint States

United States map showing states participating in the Blueprint Program

Becoming a Blueprint State

Boards of pharmacy that wish to join the Blueprint Program must agree to the following processes for inspecting in-state sterile compounding pharmacies that ship to other states:

  1. Use either the Universal Inspection Form – Sterile Compounding Module (Universal Inspection Form) or the state’s sterile compounding inspection form, which has been reviewed by NABP staff to ensure that it meets the Inspection Blueprint standards.
    • States that choose the Universal Inspection Form will use this form when inspecting pharmacies that ship sterile compounded products to other states. (In the future, participation may expand to include general pharmacy and nonsterile compounding.) Boards of pharmacy may contact Member Relations and Government Affairs at GovernmentAffairs@nabp.pharmacy to obtain a copy of the Universal Inspection Form.
    • States that want to use their own sterile compounding inspection form must first have us “crosswalk” or compare it to the Universal Inspection Form. We will work with the state on changes that must be made to ensure uniformity across participating states.
  2. Attest that the inspectors/compliance officers who conduct these inspections receive qualified training, which includes, but is not limited to, CriticalPoint’s Boot Camp, NABP and CriticalPoint Sterile Compounding Inspector Training (SCIT), or NABP in-state inspection training. The training must be NABP-approved.
  3. Agree that the inspectors/compliance officers will participate in annual training.
    • We will provide training at no cost to the boards of pharmacy.
  4. Inspect the sterile compounding pharmacies no less than once every 18 months.
  5. Share inspection reports with other states (if not prohibited by state law).

Interested in becoming a Blueprint state?

Contact our Member Relations and Government Affairs staff for your program agreement form today.

Verified Pharmacy Program (VPP)

The third-party pharmacy inspection program most widely recognized by state boards of pharmacy across the nation

The Verified Pharmacy Program® (VPP®) provides boards of pharmacy with inspection and license verification services and ensures that they have complete and accurate information to make pharmacy licensure decisions. When states lack the resources to conduct timely and robust inspections, VPP can bridge the gaps. Through this program, our surveyors perform the pharmacy inspection at no cost to the boards of pharmacy.

Utilizing VPP inspection reports, along with license verification and disciplinary information provided through the Clearinghouse, boards of pharmacy can efficiently make informed decisions on licensure or renewal of licensure for nonresident pharmacies. Pharmacies that operate in multiple states have also found VPP to be a practical and cost-effective solution with just one inspection often satisfying the requirements in most states.

VPP Benefits for the Boards

A Comprehensive Tool for Your Board

The information collected about a pharmacy when it goes through a VPP inspection equips boards with the detailed information they need to make accurate, fully informed licensing and license renewal decisions. Via NABP e-Profile Connect, boards may:

Interested in learning more about VPP?

Contact our Member Relations and Government Affairs staff for your program agreement form today.

The pharmacy inspection is not an accreditation program, and we do not make any determination of “passed” or “compliant” with regard to any specific state regulations. The state determines a facility’s compliance based on the findings of the inspection, and completion of the inspection does not imply our endorsement or approval.

Supply Chain Inspection Service

Protecting the public health against ongoing threats to our nation’s drug supply chain

NABP’s supply chain inspection service is a regulatory inspection for facilities engaged in the distribution of prescription drugs and prescription medical devices. This inspection’s focus is adopted from our Drug Distributor Accreditation and provides a snapshot of a supplier’s operations at a point in time. Participants of the program will receive an inspection report that may satisfy an inspection requirement from an entity or agency.

The information collected about a supplier when it goes through an inspection equips boards with the detailed information they need to make accurate, fully informed licensing and license renewal decisions. Via NABP e-Profile Connect, boards may:

Supply Chain Inspection Benefits for the Boards

The supply chain inspection is not an accreditation program, and we do not make any determination of “passed” or “compliant” with regard to any specific state regulations. The state determines a facility’s compliance based on the findings of the inspection, and completion of the inspection does not imply our endorsement or approval.

Interested in learning more about VPP?

Contact our Member Relations and Government Affairs staff for your program agreement form today.