Drug Distributor Accreditation

You must complete a Supply Chain Inspection before applying for Drug Distributor Accreditation. Once the inspection is complete and you are deemed eligible for accreditation, you can complete your application in the Applications section of NABP e-Profile.

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, and are employing and displaying quality 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, or other state agencies, 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 is to review the eligibility requirements for the Drug Distributor Accreditation. If you determine your business meets these requirements for accreditation, then apply for a Supply Chain Inspection indicating your interest in Drug Distributor Accreditation. Based on the Supply Chain Inspection report, we will confirm you are eligible to apply for Drug Distributor Accreditation.  

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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Eligibility

To apply for an NABP accreditation, businesses must meet basic eligibility requirements. To avoid unnecessary delays, review the eligibility requirements listed below. 

Criteria

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.”

Apply

Before you apply, learn more about the process by watching our on-demand webinar. Then, follow the steps below.

  1. Confirm your facility meets eligibility to begin the process   
  2. Review the accreditation criteria  
  3. Log in to your business e-Profile and apply for a Supply Chain Inspection
  4. Complete the Supply Chain Inspection and receive an accreditation eligibility letter 
  5. Log in to your business e-Profile and apply for Drug Distributor Accreditation 
    • Provide any requested documents to evidence compliance and/or remediation of inspection findings 

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 Instructions and FAQs section to access pricing. Don’t have an account? Create your free business e-Profile account today.

Has your Facility Relocated?

Accredited drug distributors and current applicants must notify us if their facility intends to relocate and the date the facility is no longer operational so the accreditation may be closed. If the company wishes to have accreditation at the new facility, it must go through the accreditation process as a new applicant, which begins with a Supply Chain Inspection application. 

Has your Facility had an Ownership Change?

All changes must be reported to vawd@nabp.pharmacy within 30 days after the change is final, and you must send the following documentation: 

Ownership Changes 

Ownership and Name Changes 

Maintaining Accreditation

Drug Distributor Accreditation has a three-year cycle; a facility undergoes an annual review coinciding with its first and second anniversary dates. Prior to the end of the third year of accreditation, we will send notification of the need to have another Supply Chain Inspection and to go through the full reaccreditation process if the facility desires to continue its accreditation for another three years. Failure to promptly reply to the completion of reaccreditation deliverables may result in the loss of accreditation.