Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licensing Compliance Guide
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Iowa Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licensing

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Licensing requirements for Iowa 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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Iowa Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Company Licenses

Iowa Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Registration - Business

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Resident and Nonresident License Application

Agency Fee:

$90

Notes:

There is no longer a separate Controlled Substance application. The application is now within the Pharmacy Application - the $90 fee listed is in addition to the filing fee for the Pharmacy application.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Limited Distributor License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Limited Distributor Application

Agency Fee:

$175

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Limited Use Pharmacy License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Resident and Nonresident Pharmacy License (New or Changes)

Agency Fee:

$135

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Resident and Nonresident Pharmacy License (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Outsourcing Facility License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Outsourcing Facility License Application (New or Changes)

Agency Fee:

$400

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Outsourcing Facility License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$400

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Pharmacy License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Resident and Nonresident Pharmacy License (New or Changes)

Instructions:

Mail to: 
Iowa Board of Pharmacy
400 SW 8th St. Ste. E
Des Moines, IA 50309-4688

Agency Fee:

$135

Notes:
  • A new pharmacy location in Iowa requires an on-site inspection by an authorized agent of the board. The application for pharmacy license must be submitted to the Board at least 14 days prior to the anticipated inspection.
  • An incomplete application for licensure will only be maintained for a maximum period of 6 months.
  • The pharmacy’s toll-free telephone number is required to allow patients to speak with a pharmacist who has access to patient records at least six days per week for a total of at least forty hours. 
  • If the PIC is applying for a nonresident pharmacy PIC registration, the Board will issue the registration number once the application is processed. 
  • Nonresident pharmacies are required to report to the PMP all prescriptions for Schedules II, III, IV, and V controlled substances dispensed to patients located in Iowa, including submission of zero reports when no reportable prescriptions are dispensed during a reporting period. Please be aware of the reporting requirements described in 657 IAC Chapter 37 of the Board’s rules and the Iowa Data Reporting Manual.
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Before you Apply:
  • Pharmacy’s NABP e-Profile ID
  • FDA inspection information
  • Iowa CSA Registration number
Required Attachments:
  • Proof of accreditations
  • DEA registration 
  • List of all licenses, permits, and registrations in other states
  • FDA 483s, Warnings Letters, and Responses to each
  • List of Disciplinary Actions by Licensing Authorities and Documentation of Final Disciplinary Orders 
  • List of Final Denial Orders by Licensing Authorities and Documentation of Final Denial Orders
  • List of Each Criminal Conviction and Court Records of the Conviction(s) 
  • Resident pharmacies only:
    • Names, titles, and license/registration numbers for all pharmacists, pharmacist interns, technicians, and pharmacy support persons currently employed or practicing at this location
  • Non-Resident pharmacies only: 
    • PIC License issued by Applicant’s Home State
    • Home State Pharmacy License / Permit / Registration 
    • Most Recent Inspection Report as specified in Iowa Code 155A.13A(1)(c) 
    • Prescription Label Showing Toll-Free Phone Number
  • Non-resident PIC registration only: 
    • Government-issued Photo ID of PIC
    • Additional Pages to List All Licenses in Other States Issued to the PIC, if needed
    • Additional Pages to List All Current Employment of the PIC, if needed 
    • List of Disciplinary Actions by Licensing Authorities and Documentation of Final Disciplinary Orders Against the PIC
    • List of Final Denial Orders by Licensing Authorities and Documentation of Final Denial Orders Issued to the PIC
    • List of Each Criminal Conviction and Court Records of the Conviction(s) of the PIC
    • Certificate of Completion for Required PIC Training Module 
Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Resident and Nonresident Pharmacy License (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Precursor Substances Permit

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Precursor Substances Permit Application

Agency Fee:

$180

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Precursor Substances Permit Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Telepharmacy License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Telepharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$135

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Telepharmacy License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Third-Party Logistics Provider License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) Application

Instructions:

Submit by mail to: 
Iowa Board of Pharmacy
400 SW 8th St. Ste. E
Des Moines, IA 50309

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$750

Notes:

Inspection

  • Each new 3PL location seeking licensure shall be inspected prior to issuance of a license certificate.
    • Instate location - If the applicant is located within Iowa, an inspection shall be conducted by the board or its authorized agent prior to the issuance of the license certificate and periodically thereafter.
    • Nonresident location - If the applicant is located outside of Iowa, an inspection shall be conducted by the applicant’s home state regulatory authority or another board-approved inspecting authority and a report of
      such inspection submitted with the application. The application shall also include evidence of corrective actions taken to satisfy any deficiency identified in the inspection report and compliance with all legal directives of the home state regulatory authority, if applicable.

NABP Drug Distributor Accreditation (Formerly known as VAWD)

  • Applicants must provide evidence of current DPP accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
    • Instate location – The requirement for accreditation does not apply to new applicants located in Iowa which must undergo an opening inspection by a board compliance officer or agent of the board prior to
      issuance of an initial license. However, licensees must provide evidence of accreditation on or before the initial renewal of the license. 

Fingerprints

  • Once a completed application is received, a fingerprint packet will be sent to the mailing address indicated on the application. The fingerprint packet is to be completed by the facility manager and returned to the Board for processing.

Qualified Indivdiual 

  • The Facility manager must: 
    • have adequate experience in providing or coordinating warehousing or other logistics services of products
    • be employed by the applicant full-time in a managerial level position
    • be actively involved in, and aware of, the daily operation of the facility
    • be physically present, except for an authorized absence such as sick or vacation leave, at the facility of the applicant during regular business hours.
    • not have any felony convictions or convictions related to prescription drug and device distribution, including distribution of controlled substances, under federal, state, or local laws
    • have knowledge and understanding of federal and states laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to drug and device distribution
Required Attachments:

If the 3PL is physically located in the state of Iowa, the following documents will be required to be uploaded with your application:

  • The Facility Manager’s Government-Issued Photo Identification
  • The Facility Manager’s Resume
  • Facility Manager Addendum 
  • List of each criminal conviction and court records of the conviction(s) not previously reported to the Board 
  • List of disciplinary actions by any licensing authority and documentation of final disciplinary orders not previously reported to the Board 
  • List of final denial orders by any licensing authority and documentation of final denial orders not previously reported to the Board
  • List of disciplinary actions taken against any professional or business license not previously reported to the Board and documentation of final disciplinary orders
  • Explanation and documentation of violation(s) of any federal or state law pertaining to the possession, control, or distribution of prescription drugs not previously reported to the Board
  • List of each criminal conviction and court records of the conviction(s), and any pending criminal charges not previously reported to the Board 

If the 3PL is not physically located in the state of Iowa, the following documents will be required to be uploaded with your application: 

  • The Facility Manager’s Government-Issued Photo Identification
  • The Facility Manager’s Resume
  • Evidence of license or registration in the home state or evidence of licensure with the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Proof of current verified-accredited wholesale distributor (VAWD) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  • Most recent inspection as identified by IAC 657-43.3(3).
  • Home State License Verification
  • DEA Certificate
  • Proof of Accreditations
  • FDA 483s, Warning Letters, and Responses
  • FDA Inspection Report
  • List of disciplinary actions by any licensing authority and documentation of final disciplinary orders not previously reported to the Board
  • List of final denial orders by any licensing authority and documentation of final denial orders not previously reported to the Board
  • List of disciplinary actions taken against any professional or business license not previously reported to the Board and documentation of final disciplinary orders
  • Explanation and documentation of violation(s) of any federal or state law pertaining to the possession, control, or distribution of prescription drugs not previously reported to the Board
  • List of each criminal conviction and court records of the conviction(s), and any pending criminal charges not previously reported to the Board 
Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$750

Due:

Annually by March 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Wholesale Distributor License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Wholesale Distributor Application (New or Changes)

Agency Fee:

$750

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Wholesale Distributor Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$750

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licenses

Iowa Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Registration - Individual Practitioners

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Controlled Substances Registration (Individual)

Agency Fee:

$90

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Controlled Substances Registration (Individual)

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Pharmacist License

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:2/27/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Application for Licensure by Examination

Agency Fee:

$252

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/28/19

Reciprocal Registration

Form:

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Application for Licensure by Examination (Score Transfer)

Agency Fee:

$252

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/28/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Iowa Pharmacist Renewal/Reinstatement Application

Instructions:

Renewal applications are mailed in mid-April to all licensed pharmacists whose licenses will expire at the end of June.

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Biennially by June 30th.

Original Ink:Not required
Fact Checked:2/28/19

Iowa Pharmacist-Intern Registration

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacist-Intern Registration

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Registration shall remain in effect aslong asthe board issatisfied that the intern is pursuing a degree in pharmacy in good faith and with reasonable diligence.

Iowa Pharmacy Certified Technician Registration

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy Certified Technician Initial and Renewal Registration

Agency Fee:

$40

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Pharmacy Certified Technician Initial and Renewal Registration

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

Biennially by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Pharmacy Support Person Registration

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy Support Person Initial and Renewal Registration

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Pharmacy Support Person Initial and Renewal Registration

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Biennially by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Iowa Pharmacy Technician Trainee Registration

Agency:Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy Technician Trainee Registration

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Trainee registrations are issued for a period of one year and may not be renewed.

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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