NABP Emergency Passport Program
NABP’s Emergency Passport program was created to provide critical licensure and board action/disciplinary screening to state boards of pharmacy when responding to public health crises. The program assists – at no charge — member boards in granting temporary emergency licensure safely and efficiently for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacist interns, and businesses looking to aid in state and national emergencies.
When active, the program provides a way for pharmacy professionals to practice on a temporary or emergency basis in accordance with state emergency orders or as otherwise determined by the board of pharmacy. The Emergency Passport Program does not grant full authority to practice in a state in which you do not hold a license or registration.
Boards of pharmacy can expedite emergency and temporary licensure requests by implementing NABP Emergency Passport in 2 ways.
- Recognize NABP Emergency Passport as a designation that allowed for temporary practice according to state emergency orders or as otherwise determined by the state board of pharmacy.
- Require NABP Emergency Passport as a pre-requisite for temporary or emergency licensure.
Boards that are interested in activating the Passport program should contact Member Relations.
Criteria for the NABP Emergency Passport:
- Pharmacists must have at least 1 license (active and in good standing).
- Pharmacy technicians must have a license/registration or hold a certification from PTCB or CPhT.
- Interns may apply if the state licenses/registers interns and the state has included interns in their emergency declarations.
- Pharmacy businesses may apply if the state has included these entities in their emergency declarations and they have obtained an e-Profile for their business.
- Applicants cannot have any current or prior board actions or discipline with the exception of a minor CE infraction.
Past Emergency Passports
NABP’s Emergency Passport Program was made available to assist in the care of state residents due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 public health emergency which impacted access to pharmacist care.
Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Laura
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and Laura, NABP’s Emergency Passport program was immediately made available to assist in the care of thousands of Louisiana residents, as well as those from other gulf coast states impacted by these storms.