Pharmacy Support Persons
A pharmacy support person (PSP) is an individual who assists in the non technical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. The supervisory pharmacist is responsible for the actions of a pharmacy support person or other supportive personnel.
Effective July 1, 2021, any person not currently registered with the Board as a pharmacy support person or pharmacy technician is required to obtain registration prior to commencement of employment in an Iowa pharmacy as a pharmacy support person or pharmacy technician. Through June 30, 2021, any person not currently registered with the Board as a pharmacy support person or pharmacy technician is required to submit a completed application for registration within 30 days of accepting employment in an Iowa pharmacy as a pharmacy support person or pharmacy technician.
Effective May 12, 2021, updates to 657 IAC 5 go into effect which will now require pharmacy employees which are solely employed for delivery functions to be registered with the Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy support person. If you have been employed as a delivery driver in a pharmacy prior to May 12, 2021 and are registering for the first time please indicate your start date as May 12, 2021 on the application. Applications submitted after June 11, 2021 will owe applicable late fees.
Other health care providers who assist in the non technical functions of the practice of pharmacy and who are actively licensed or registered in their profession are also required to register as a pharmacy support person. Registered pharmacist-interns are exempt from PSP registration
Registrations expire on the last day of the birth month of the registrant, every two years. Registration renewal is the registrant's responsibility. As a courtesy, the board office sends a registration renewal notice to each registrant at least 60 days prior to registration expiration, however the option to renew will not be available more than 60 days prior to your renewal date. The renewal notice is sent via email to the registrant’s last known email address. Failure of the registrant to receive the notice does not relieve the registrant of responsibility for renewing that registration prior to its expiration. A registration can be renewed online or by paper application
Renew your registration online under Online Services. A valid credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) is required for online renewal. There will be a $2.00 convenience fee charged for online renewal and payment. Your renewal certificate will be mailed to you within a few days of your online renewal. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy's online database was released in early 2018. Unless you previously signed up for an account in 2018 you will not have a user login and will need to sign up for an account.
Complete a paper renewal application, available online on the Forms page. Submit your completed application with any required documentation and a check or money order payable to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy for the required fee.
You are required to submit a copy of your government issued ID to renew your registration.
Individuals are required to report to the Board, within ten days, a change of name, address, or pharmacy employment. Changes to your address and employment may be made through your online profile. Name changes can be made using the Individual Licensee/Registrant Online Notification of Name Change form
For more information on PSPs, including the duties that may be performed by PSPs, see 657 I.A.C. Chapter 5 Pharmacy Support Persons.
For more information or questions, contact the Board office.