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Iowa Board of Pharmacy

As of July 1, 2023, licensing and other health and occupational licenses will become part of the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing (DIAL) as a new organizational structure for state government goes into effect. Government departments and agencies that provide related services or have similar business functions are aligning to better serve Iowans.


Iowa Administrative Code — 657 Pharmacy Examiners Board

Administrative rules implement or interpret law, prescribe policy, or describe the organization, procedure, or practice requirements of an executive branch agency. The complete Iowa Board of Pharmacy rules are contained in 657 Iowa Administrative Code.

Iowa Code

The Iowa Code are permanent laws enacted by the Iowa General Assembly.

Below are links that will provide you with additional information on the Board's planned rule making. Currently proposed and newly-adopted rules are available from these links.

Rule Tracker. This tool tracks the rule-making process from Notice of Intended Action to adoption and includes public comment deadlines, public hearing dates, Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) meeting dates and actions taken, published rule-making documents (ARCs), and effective dates.  Note:  Rule-making documents published prior to July 2, 2008 are not included.

Proposed changes (Notices of Intended Action) can also be reviewed, and comments may be submitted, at the following site:

You may comment on noticed rules until the end of the comment period. The deadline for submission of comments on each noticed rule is specified in the rule-making document. Comments may be submitted via or directed to:

Sue Mears
Board of Pharmacy
400 SW 8th, Suite E
Des Moines, IA 50309

Regulatory Plan. This link takes you to the Department of Public Health's Plan for rulemaking for the next year. The Pharmacy Board's initiatives are found on page 10 of the department's plan.

Waiver from Board Rules. The Board may grant a waiver from all or part of a Board rule. This link provides access to the petition form.

Summary of Required Policies and Procedures  This document summarizes the required policies and procedures from the Board's rules that a pharmacy is required to have in place. 

Pharmacist's Manual: An Information Outline of the Controlled Substances Act (2022) The guide is provided to assist pharmacists in understanding the federal Controlled Substances Act and its regulations as they pertain to the pharmacy profession.