Set Yourself Apart From Rogue Websites!
The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program has been accrediting pharmacies that dispense prescription drugs via the internet since 1999. NABP recognizes the need to help safe and legitimate pharmacies with an internet presence stand out against the every-growing list of rogue websites; 20 new illegal pharmacies appear on the web each day.*
If you are an online retailer of prescription drugs seeking VIPPS accreditation, then you know that you will benefit from NABP’s recognized credibility, as well as the program’s standards and Seal. The VIPPS Seal is a key benchmark for quality online pharmacies that consumers can click to access information that verifies the safety and legitimacy of the website.
To display the VIPPS Seal, your pharmacy must comply with the licensing and inspection requirements of its state and each state to which it dispenses pharmaceuticals. In addition, your online pharmacy must adhere to a variety of criteria, including: meet nationally endorsed standards of pharmacy practice; demonstrate compliance with standards of privacy and authentication and security of prescriptions; adhere to a quality assurance policy; and provide meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.
VIPPS and the .Pharmacy TLD Program
VIPPS-accredited pharmacies are eligible for a waived application fee for the .Pharmacy Top-Level Domain (TLD) Program, which fulfills the need for new ways to identify safe internet pharmacies. A .pharmacy domain is part of a website’s address and a fraud-proof way to show that an online pharmacy is trustworthy.
VIPPS-accredited entities have the option to register and use a .pharmacy domain for any websites that have been approved through the VIPPS accreditation process; domain name registration fees to an approved registrar still apply. In addition, VIPPS entities registering a .pharmacy domain will have their site listed on the safe.pharmacy website.
VIPPS Accreditation Process Overview
- Submit an application, required documentation, and specified fees to NABP
- NABP reviews policies, procedures, and websites to ensure adherence to VIPPS criteria and standards
- NABP verifies the pharmacy’s license status
- NABP performs an on-site survey
For details on the accreditation process, please visit the Apply page.
*The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies