License/Registration Categories

The Board licenses/registers Controlled Substances Act (CSA) registrants, drug wholesalers, pharmacists, pharmacist-interns, pharmacies, pharmacy support persons, and pharmacy technicians.

All license and registration renewal applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to expiration to ensure no interruption of practice or business operations due to an expired registration or license.

All applications and applicable forms are found under the license/registration category you are applying for. 

Business License/Registration Categories

Controlled Substances Act Registrations (CSA)

Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Registrations are required for any person or business that manufactures; distributes; dispenses; prescribes; conducts instructional activities, research, or chemical analysis with; or imports or exports controlled substances listed in Schedules I through V of Iowa Code chapter 124 in or into the state of Iowa, or that proposes to engage in such activities, unless exempt from registration pursuant to rule 657 IAC—10.8(124).

Limited Distributors

Beginning January 1, 2019, no person other than a licensed wholesale distributor, licensed pharmacy, or practitioner, shall engage in any of the activities found herein in this state without a limited distributor license. Where operations are conducted at more than one location by a single distributor, each location shall be separately licensed. The applicant shall submit a completed application along with a nonrefundable fee of $175. 

Outsourcing Facilities

Each compounding facility registered as an outsourcing facility with the FDA, wherever located, that engages in the distribution of non-patient specific compounded preparations into, out of, or within Iowa must be licensed by the Board in accordance with the laws and regulations of Iowa before engaging in the distribution of such preparations. An Outsourcing Facility license expires on December 31 of each year.

Pharmacy

A pharmacy license issued by the Board is required for all sites where prescription drugs are offered for sale or dispensed under the supervision of a pharmacist. The current pharmacy license certificate shall be displayed in a position visible to the public. The Board may issue any of the following types of pharmacy licenses: a general pharmacy license, a hospital pharmacy license, a limited use pharmacy license, or a nonresident pharmacy license. 

Wholesaler Distributor

Each wholesaler, wherever located, that engages in wholesale distribution into, out of, or within Iowa must be licensed by the Board in accordance with the laws and regulations of Iowa before engaging in wholesale distribution of prescription drugs. An Iowa wholesale drug license expires on December 31 of each year.  

Each wholesaler, regardless of location, engaged in the distribution of controlled substances in or into Iowa is required to have a Controlled Substances Act (CSA) registration. 

Third Party Logistics (3PL) Provider

Each entity, wherever located, that provides third-party logistics services of prescription drugs as defined by federal law in or into Iowa shall obtain a Third Party Logistics (3PL) Provider license in accordance with state law and rules prior to engaging in the activity. A  3PL license expires March 31 each year.

Each 3PL, wherever located, that provides third-party logistics of controlled substances in or into this state shall also obtain a Controlled Substances Act (CSA) registration.

Individual License/Registration Categories

Controlled Substances Act Registrations (CSA)

Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Registrations are required for any person or business that manufactures; distributes; dispenses; prescribes; conducts instructional activities, research, or chemical analysis with; or imports or exports controlled substances listed in Schedules I through V of Iowa Code chapter 124 in or into the state of Iowa, or that proposes to engage in such activities, unless exempt from registration pursuant to rule 657 IAC—10.8(124).

Pharmacists

General Information

A person shall not engage in the practice of pharmacy in Iowa without a current and valid pharmacist license. Requirements and fees for original Iowa licensure depend on the method of such licensure: examination, score transfer, license transfer (reciprocity), and foreign pharmacy graduate certification.

Pharmacist-Interns

"Pharmacist-intern" or "intern" means a person enrolled in a college of pharmacy or actively pursuing a pharmacy degree, or as otherwise provided by the Board, who is registered with the Board for the purpose of obtaining instruction in the practice of pharmacy from a preceptor.  “Pharmacist-intern” includes a graduate of an approved college of pharmacy or a foreign graduate who has established educational equivalency.

Pharmacy Support Persons (PSP)

A pharmacy support person (PSP) is an individual who assists in the nontechnical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. The supervising pharmacist is responsible for the actions of a pharmacy support person or other supportive personnel.

Technician - Certified

A certified pharmacy technician (CPhT) is an individual who assists in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. The supervising pharmacist is responsible for the actions of a certified pharmacy technician.

Any person employed in Iowa as a pharmacy technician is required to obtain and maintain a current registration as a certified pharmacy technician.

Technician - Trainee

A technician trainee is an individual who assists in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. The supervising pharmacist is responsible for the actions of a technician trainee.

Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity

Credit for military education, training, and service

Pharmacists, pharmacist-interns, and technicians with military service who do not meet the requirements for licensure in Iowa can apply for credit for verified military education, training, or service toward any experience or educational requirement for licensure by submitting a military service application form to the board office. Credit may not be given for the examination requirement.

Printed from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy website on May 25, 2022 at 9:37pm.