Drug Distributor Accreditation

Learn more about the streamlined distributor accreditation process before applying.

NABP’s Drug Distributor Accreditation plays a pivotal role in preventing counterfeit drugs and devices from entering the United States medical supply. The US supply of prescription drugs and devices is produced and delivered to patients via a complex distribution path, and this accreditation seeks to ensure that accredited facilities operate legitimately, are licensed in good standing, are employing, and display best practices for safely storing, handling, and shipping prescription drugs and devices. NABP’s Drug Distributor Accreditation is best suited for participants in the medical supply chain that store, handle, and ship prescription drugs and devices.

Bundle Accreditations to Maximize Your Investment

Save time and money by bundling our distributor accreditations together. When completing your Drug Distributor Accreditation application, maximize your investment by also applying for our OTC Medical Device Distributor Accreditation. Review program eligibility requirements to see if your facility qualifies, then contact our team for the code that must be provided to obtain a discount when completing the application.

State-Specific Requirements

The state boards of pharmacy play an important role in regulating the medical supply chain. State laws and regulations, often developed by the boards, help protect the public from receiving medications and devices that can lead to patient harm. In some states it may be necessary to possess NABP accreditation to obtain a license. For further information on state-specific licensing requirements, inquire with each of the states in which your facility conducts business.

How do I get started?

The first step in the process is to confirm that the program meets your business entity’s needs and that your business entity is able to demonstrate compliance through the eligibility requirements, standards, and on-site survey. Once you deem your business ready for accreditation, you will need to apply.

Once your application, supplemental documentation, and specified fees have been received, we will:

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Verify your facility’s and designated representatives’ licenses

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Screen your business entity against the NABP Clearinghouse for disciplinary or other actions

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Review your facility’s policies and procedures for compliance with accreditation eligibility requirements and standards

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Conduct an on-site survey of your business entity

Interested in learning more?

Practices that demonstrate compliance in preventing counterfeit drugs and devices from entering the United States medical supply can earn this voluntary accreditation to better position their business. Complete the accreditation form to request more information.

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To apply for an NABP accreditation, businesses must meet basic eligibility requirements. To avoid unnecessary delays, review the Drug Distributor Accreditation eligibility requirements below to determine if you are qualified to apply.

NABP advises applicants to not complete the application if their business location had an application cancelled by NABP in the past 180 days for non-compliance with Standards.


Click on the links below to learn about each criterion.

Information for Nontraditional Business Models

Some business models not designated as “wholesale distributors” may have unique requirements. These business models include:

  • Outsourcing Facilities,
  • Wholesale Distributors Co-located With Pharmacies,
  • Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs),
  • Reverse Distributors,
  • Virtual Distributors, and
  • Virtual Manufacturers.

Their unique requirements can be located by selecting the listed business model to access the FAQs section. In the program criteria, select “Virtual Manufacturers and Wholesale Distributors.”


The following steps must be completed before applying:

  1. Confirm your eligibility
  2. Review the criteria and Policy and Procedures (P&P) Assessment to confirm that the program meets your facility’s needs
  3. Create and complete a business e-Profile account:
  4. Gather appropriate supporting documents
  5. Submit the application for one or multiple accreditations

Use the Apply link to log in to NABP e-Profile and start the application process. For basic instructions on submitting your application, read the Application Basics document.

Interested in pricing?

Log in to your business e-Profile account and visit the FAQs and Resources section to access pricing. Don’t have an account? Create your free business e-Profile account today.

Maintaining Accreditation

Drug Distributor Accreditation has a three-year cycle; a facility undergoes an annual review coinciding with its anniversary date for each of the three years. In year three of the accreditation cycle, the annual review will include both a P&P review and an on-site survey, and the facility will be in “reaccreditation” pending the completion of the annual review.

Has your Facility Relocated?

Accredited drug distributors and current applicants must notify us if their facility relocates, submit a new application that provides updated facility information, and pay the applicable fees.