Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licensing Compliance Guide
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California Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licensing

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Licensing requirements for California healthcare and pharmaceutical companies and individuals.

This page provides an overview of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry licensing in for individuals and businesses. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Company Licenses

California Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Company Licenses

California Automated Patient Dispensing System License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Registration Renewal

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$820

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacy License

Agency Fee:

$805

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Clinic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Clinic License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Clinic Application

Agency Fee:

$331

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

The board performs a thorough investigation of every application for a pharmacy license, which includes collecting all ownership and financial information, criminal background checks for beneficial owners and individuals with management and control, thorough documentation of all owners (whether or not they actively participate in the pharmacy’s daily activities), etc.  Every pharmacy must have a pharmacist-in-charge who is responsible for the day to day operations (Business and Professions Code section 4054).

A nonresident pharmacy that ships, mails or delivers prescription medications to California residents must hold a current and valid license in the resident state, and also hold a nonresident pharmacy license issued by the board. The pharmacy must maintain an 800 number for consumer access to a pharmacist, must comply with patient-centered prescription labeling requirements (to include interpreter services and translation of directions of use, as specified), and the pharmacy must comply with requirements to report to CURES.

A pharmacist practicing in a nonresident pharmacy is NOT required to hold a California pharmacist license.  The nonresident pharmacy must have a pharmacist-in-charge who is responsible for ensuring that the pharmacy complies with all California requirements for medications dispensed or shipped to California patients.

California Community Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Turnaround:

Minimum 45 days

Notes:
  • The board will ONLY discuss the status of this application with the person identified as the contact person and any person who has signed the application as an officer, partner, member, and/or owner of the applicant business.
  • Any application not completed within 60 days after being notified by the board of deficiencies may be deemed to have been abandoned, and the applicant may be required to file a new application and meet all the requirements which are in effect at the time of application. Fees applied to the application are not transferable and are not refundable.
  • The Board may request additional documentation to confirm or substantiate the information in the application.
  • This license requires different attachments, depending on the type of ownership. See specific guidelines for these classifications on the application form:
    • C1 Individually Owned
    • C2 Partnership
    • C3 Corporation (Not Publicly Traded)
    • C4 Publicly Traded Corporation
    • C5 Limited Liability Company
    • C6 Trust
    • C7 Government Owned (state, city, or county)
    • C8 Correctional Facilities (city or county-owned jail facilities)
    • C9 Native American Tribe
    • C10 Non-Native American Operating on Tribal Lands
  • California Business and Professions Code section 4035 specifies “person" includes, but is not limited to, a firm, association, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, state governmental agency, trust, or political subdivision.
    • California Business and Professions Code section 4201(a) requires that “… the application shall state the information as to each person beneficially interested therein or any person with management or control over the license.”
    • The application must provide information to identify the ownership of the applicant's business. This may include multiple levels of ownership. The Board may require additional documentation to confirm or substantiate the reported ownership structure.
Required Attachments:
  • Organizational Chart
    • Include a business ownership organizational chart that clearly documents the applicant’s business ownership structure. Include each level of ownership with the corresponding percentage of ownership to the top tier, percentages owned by all parties, and list the top five executive officers under the appropriate entity.
  • Financial Affidavit in Support of Application (17A-2)
    • Complete and submit with original signatures.
    • Note: Not needed for a nonprofit organization, government, or tribal-owned.
  • Approved Wholesale Credit Application or Wholesale Agreement
    • Submit a completed approved wholesale credit application/agreement.
    • Note: Not needed for a nonprofit organization, government, or tribal-owned.
  • Lease Agreement/Grant Deed
    • Submit a copy of the signed lease agreement, including any amendments and/or extensions, or a copy of the grant deed.
    • A lease agreement should include language stating the landlord is complying with California Business and Professions Code section 4116 and Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d). If the lease does not include specific language regarding compliance with Pharmacy Law, please provide a written statement signed by both the landlord and tenant, that includes the following to demonstrate the landlord acknowledges California Pharmacy Law pertaining to is authorized to access the pharmacy. (Government-owned facilities, please submit a signed statement as described.)
      • 1. No person shall be permitted entry into a premise licensed by the Board of Pharmacy unless a registered pharmacist is present at all times pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 4116;
      • 2. Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d) provides that only a licensed pharmacist may have a key to an area where dangerous drugs and controlled substances are stored;
      • 3. No lease for a licensed premises may contain a provision inconsistent with Business and Professions Code section 4116 or Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d); and
      • 4. The landlord and tenant desire to clarify the lease with respect to Landlord’s ability to access
        the premises.
  • Ownership information 
    • As outlined in Section C of the application
  • Fingerprints
    • Each person who is required to complete a Certification of Personnel (as instructed in Section C) is required to complete the Live Scan or submit the Board-approved fingerprint cards for a criminal background check with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
    • If a person is currently associated with an active pharmacy license and has electronic fingerprints on file with the California State Board of Pharmacy, new fingerprints may not be required.
Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Correctional Clinic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Correctional Clinic License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$331

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Drug Manufacturing License

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

New Drug Manufacturing License: CDPH 52N

Agency Fee:

$2,454 application fee + $100 PDMA fee.

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Biennial Drug Manufacturing License Renewal: CDPH 52R

Agency Fee:

$3,988 renewal fee + $200 PDMA fee.

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Emergency Medical Services Automated Drug Delivery System License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Home Care Organization License

Agency:California Department of Social Services - Community Care Licensing Division - Home Care Services Bureau
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:8/27/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Form HCS 200: Application for a Home Care Organization License

Agency Fee:

$5,603

Fact Checked:8/27/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form HCS 200: Application for a Home Care Organization License

Agency Fee:

$5,603

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:8/27/20

California Home Medical Device Retailer Exemptee License

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer Exemptee License: CDPH 8695

Agency Fee:

$384

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer Exemptee License: CDPH 8695 (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$230

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Home Medical Device Retailer License

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer License Application: CDPH 8679

Agency Fee:

$1,304

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer License Application: CDPH 8679 (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$1,304

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Home Medical Device Retailer License - Warehouse Only

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer License Application: CDPH 8679

Agency Fee:

$653

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Home Medical Device Retailer License Application: CDPH 8679 (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$653

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Hospital In-Patient Sterile Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Hospital In-Patient Sterile Compounding License Application

Agency Fee:

$1,645

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Hospital Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Hospital Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of a Hospital/Drug Room

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Hospital Satellite Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Hospital Satellite Compounding Pharmacy Application

Agency Fee:

$1,645

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$1,325

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Hypodermic Needle and Syringe License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Hypodermic Syringes and Needles License Application

Agency Fee:

$170

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Hypodermic Needle & Syringe Permit

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Medical Device Manufacturing License

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Biennial Medical Device Manufacturing License New: CDPH 72N

Agency Fee:

$2,454

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Biennial Medical Device Manufacturing License Renewal: CDPH 72R

Agency Fee:

$3,988

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Nonresident Outsourcing Facility License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Outsourcing Facility License Application

Agency Fee:

$2,380

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Nonresident Outsourcing Facility License

Agency Fee:

$2,270

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Nonresident Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Nonresident Pharmacy Sterile Compounding License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Nonresident Pharmacy Sterile Compouding License

Agency Fee:

$2,380

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Nonresident Third-Party Logistics Provider License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Third-Party Logistics Provider License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Nonresident Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Wholesaler License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Wholesaler/Nonresident Wholesaler License

Agency Fee:

$786

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Out-of-State Home Medical Device Retailer Registration

Agency:California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch
Fact Checked:4/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Out-of-State Home Medical Device Retailer Registration: CDPH 8679

Agency Fee:

$230

Fact Checked:4/11/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Out-of-State Home Medical Device Retailer Registration: CDPH 8679 (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$230

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/11/19

California Outsourcing Facility License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Outsourcing Facility License Application

Agency Fee:

$2,270

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Outsourcing Facility License

Agency Fee:

$1,325

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Sterile Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Sterile Compounding License Application

Agency Fee:

$1,645

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Temporary Community Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Temporary License Application

Agency Fee:

$325 license fee + $520 processing fee.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Temporary licenses are valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed.

California Third-Party Logistics Provider License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

California Third-Party Logistics Provider License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Veterinary Food - Animal Drug Retailer License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

California Veterinary Food-Animal Drug Retailer License Application

Agency Fee:

$435

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Veterinary Food-Animal Drug Retailer Permit

Agency Fee:

$330

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

California Wholesaler License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Wholesaler/Nonresident Wholesaler License

Agency Fee:

$786

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Individual Licenses

California Individual Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licenses

California Advanced Practice Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Advanced Practice Pharmacist Application

Agency Fee:

$300

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Designated Paramedic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Paramedic License Application

Agency Fee:

$140

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Designated Representative - 3PL License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Representative-3PL Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative - 3PL License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Designated Representative - Reverse Distributor License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Designated Representative - Veterinary Food-Animal Drug Retailer License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Representative for a Vet-Food Animal Drug Retailer

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Designated Representative - Wholesaler/Non-Resident Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Representative for a Wholesaler/Non-Resident Wholesaler

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Home Care Aide Registration

Agency:California Department of Social Services - Community Care Licensing Division - Home Care Services Bureau
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:8/27/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Form HCS 100: Application for Home Care Aide Registration

Agency Fee:

$35

Fact Checked:8/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:8/27/20

California Intern Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Intern Pharmacist Application

Agency Fee:

$165

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Intern License Extension Request

Agency Fee:

$165

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacist Examination for Licensure Application

Agency Fee:

$260

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$372, $360 renewal fee, $12 CURES fee for an active license

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

California Pharmacy Technician License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy Technician Application

Agency Fee:

$140

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Learn about healthcare and pharmaceutical licensing in other states:

Controlled Substance Registration - In addition to a pharmacy license, controlled substance registration registration is required in many states for pharmacies that distribute controlled substances.

NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) - Host a variety of programs and resources relating to pharmacist and pharmacy licensure and examination.

Pharmacist in Charge - A licensed pharmacist designated by a pharmacy to act as the party responsible for compliance with regulations.

VPP (Verified Pharmacy Program) - A program run by NABP that allows state boards to share information and more easily register out-of-state pharmacies.

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