The VIPPS Accreditation Process

You will need to submit an online application and supporting documentation, pay the applicable fee, and accept the terms of the NABP VIPPS refund policy. NABP will then:

  • Verify all necessary state pharmacy licenses are in good standing
  • Verify the pharmacist-in-charge licenses are in good standing
  • Check the NABP Clearinghouse to determine disciplinary actions levied against the pharmacy and pharmacist-in-charge
  • Evaluate the supporting documents
  • Review the website’s compliance with VIPPS standards
  • Review the pharmacy’s policies and procedures for compliance with VIPPS criteria
  • Notify you if discrepancies arise or clarification is needed and provide applicant the opportunity to remediate

Is Your Pharmacy Ready for the VIPPS accreditation process?

Application Checklist

Please take the time to thoroughly review VIPPS Criteria and Standards, as well as the VIPPS Application Instructions, before applying for accreditation. The instructions will take you through:

  • General Guidance Prior to Completing the Application, including information that you will need to have on hand during the application process:
    • Pharmacy Information
    • Ownership Information
    • Major Investor Information
    • Services and Products
    • Licensure Maintenance Information
    • Supplemental Documents
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Additional Notes on Submitting Documents to NABP
  • Payment Details
  • Disclaimer

Maintaining Your VIPPS Accreditation

VIPPS-accredited pharmacies undergo an annual review of registration, licensing, and updated information.

In addition, NABP requires that a VIPPS-accredited pharmacy undergo an on-site survey and re-evaluation of its website once every three years as part of maintaining accreditation.

Policies and procedures may be required to be submitted and re-reviewed as part of annual compliance requirements, reaccreditation, or if the scope of the pharmacy changes (ie, ownership, location, types of products offered).

Fees

The cost of VIPPS accreditation is dependent on the type of pharmacy seeking accreditation. The fee schedule outlines the cost based on the size and services of a pharmacy. Currently, VIPPS applicants fall into three categories:

The application fee, plus any applicable administrative fees, is due with the application submission. An invoice will be issued if an incorrect fee is submitted.

The annual participation fee, plus any applicable administrative fees, is due prior to renewal of accreditation.

Independent Community-Based Pharmacy (Schedule A)

A pharmacy with three or fewer stores, only licensed and doing business in its home state, receiving or facilitating orders to purchase prescription drugs over the internet from patients located in the home state.

Total Application Fee = $6,000

  • $3,000 application fee (which includes the first year’s annual participation fee)
  • $3,000 survey fee

An annual participation fee is assessed after the first year of accreditation.

  • $2,000 if a non-resurvey year
  • $5,000 if a survey year ($2,000 annual participation fee + $3,000 resurvey fees)

Chain Drugstore, Mass Retailer, HMO Pharmacy, PBM Pharmacy (Schedule B)

A pharmacy licensed in more than three states, receiving or facilitating orders to purchase prescription drugs over the internet from patients in only those states in which the pharmacy is licensed.

Total Application Fee = $8,000

  • $5,000 application fee (which includes the first year’s annual participation fee)
  • $3,000 survey fee

An annual participation fee is assessed after the first year of accreditation.

  • $4,000 if a non-survey year
  • $7,000 if a survey year ($4,000 annual participation fee + $3,000 resurvey fees)

Independent Pharmacy (Schedule C)

A pharmacy with an internet practice that is limited to one to three states (states doing business in/shipping into one to three pharmacy licenses), receiving or facilitating orders to purchase prescription drugs over the internet from patients located in only the three licensed states.

Total Application Fee = $5,000

  • $2,000 application fee (which includes the first year’s annual participation fee)
  • $3,000 survey fee

An annual participation fee is assessed after the first year of accreditation.

  • $1,000 if a non-survey year
  • $4,000 if a survey year ($1,000 annual participation fee + $3,000 resurvey fees)

Additional Facility Fees

An applicant for VIPPS accreditation or a VIPPS-accredited entity that has more than five dispensing facilities must submit an additional fee of $600 with the application and the annual participation fee.

An applicant for VIPPS accreditation or a VIPPS-accredited entity that has more than one dispensing facility may require additional surveys to confirm program compliance. In that case, the applicant would be subject to additional survey fees.

A portion of the VIPPS application fees cover a complete review of one set of policies and procedures.  If an applicant has more than one set of policies and procedures that need to be reviewed (such as those that are site-specific), additional administrative fees of up to $1,000 per set will be assessed; fees are determined by the number of documents that need to be reviewed.

An applicant seeking to include additional web domains in its accreditation must submit an additional fee of $2,000 per domain with the application or upon notification to NABP of the applicant’s desire to add the domains. Once the additional domains are confirmed to be in compliance with the VIPPS criteria and standards, the domains will be added to the accreditation. The $2,000 per domain fee will be included in all re-accreditation application fees in the future for as long as the additional domains are included in the VIPPS accreditation. This $2,000 fee may also be applied to new or existing applicants who have made alterations to their domains that NABP determines are significant enough to require confirmation of compliance with VIPPS criteria and standards.

Acquiring or Opening Facilities After Accreditation

NABP must be notified when an accredited organization opens a new pharmacy facility. A $400 processing fee must be submitted for each new or added facility. Please contact NABP via email at VIPPS@nabp.pharmacy for information on the fees for newly acquired pharmacy facilities.