Supply Chain Inspection
NABP’s Supply Chain Inspection is best suited for participants in the medical supply chain that store, handle, and ship prescription drugs and devices. Participants of the program will receive an inspection report detailing a facility’s observed practices that may satisfy an entity or agency’s inspection requirement.
- Signify customer and patient safety – Demonstrate your facility’s commitment to protecting customers from receiving prescription drugs and diagnostic over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices that have been contaminated, diverted, or counterfeited.
- Consolidate inspections – Applicants are provided an inspection report that may satisfy inspection requirements for multiple state agencies or other entities.
- Efficient process – Accomplished by qualified supply chain experts with minimal interruption to your staff and business.
- Eliminate additional paperwork – Help avoid gaps in compliance to regulatory inspection standards if sought before (or after) our Drug Distributor Accreditation.
Interested in learning more?
Complete the form to request more information.
How do I get started?
The first step in the process is to apply for a Supply Chain Inspection. Once your application, required documentation, and specified fees have been received and reviewed and you have agreed to the terms and conditions:
- NABP conducts an unannounced on-site inspection within eight weeks.
- State boards will be contacted if an inspection will be completed in their state and resident state inspectors may observe.
Follow these steps to submit a supply chain inspection application.
- Ensure that your facility is eligible for a supply chain inspection.
- Create an NABP e-Profile account and request an e-Profile ID for your facility if it has not already been assigned one.
- When the request for an e-Profile ID is approved, complete the full profile for your facility in the My Business e-Profile section. The information is needed before an inspection application can be completed.
- Start an application by clicking the Application tile on your e-Profile dashboard. Then click Create New Application in the top right corner of the page.
- Select the + icon next to the Supply Chain Inspection tile and select your facility to begin the application.
- If you are unable to proceed due to facility ineligibility, more information can be found in the Help section.
- Proceed through the application and submit when complete.
Supply chain inspections typically occur within eight weeks after we receive a complete application. An application is considered complete once payment is received and all outstanding requirements related to the application are resolved; however, the amount of time it takes to complete the supply chain inspection process varies and may be impacted by a facility’s preparedness and whether there is pending discipline.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions prior to starting the application.
Who is eligible to have an inspection?
- Prescription drug wholesale distributors
- Prescription medical device distributors
- Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) distributors
- API repackagers
- Repackagers of finished prescription drugs
- Veterinary prescription drug distributors
- Reverse distributors
- Sample distributors
- Investigational drug distributors
- Virtual distributors and manufacturers
- Third-party logistics providers (3PLs)
Businesses not currently eligible for a supply chain inspection include United States Food and Drug Administration-registered outsourcing facilities (503B) and over-the-counter (OTC) medical device distributors.
If a facility engages in a combination of eligible and ineligible activities, it can still have a supply chain inspection. For example, a facility that distributes both prescription drugs and OTC medical devices qualifies; however, the inspection will only encompass the prescription drug aspect of operations.