About the Boards of Pharmacy
Through the work of the boards of pharmacy, the NABP members protect the public health by promoting the highest standards of pharmacy practice. This pledge to uphold health and safety regulations is the basis for all board pursuits, and NABP, through its programs and services, aims to support the boards in keeping that promise to the public.
NABP membership is composed of both active members and associate members. The 54 active members include the 50 United States state boards of pharmacy and the boards in the four jurisdictions of District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These boards consist of public staff and independent members appointed by the governor or other public official.
Associate members include Australia, Bahamas, nine Canadian provinces, and New Zealand. These members provide an international perspective and have the opportunity to participate in District Meetings and the NABP Annual Meeting.
NABP supports its member boards of pharmacy by offering:
- Examinations that assess pharmacists’ competency to practice pharmacy, providing boards a uniform, high-quality solution to test pharmacists' competency
- License transfer program that alleviates the administrative burden on boards by verifying applications for license transfer
- Accreditation programs that create uniform standards and perform inspections to supplement board staff and finances
- Many other services that support the boards by providing pertinent resources to assist the boards of pharmacy as they work to protect the public health each day
National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB): Fulfill board obligations to combat fraud and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery by authorizing NABP to serve as your board’s reporting agent.
Pharmacist and Pharmacy Achievement and Discipline: A database containing information on pharmacists, interns, technicians, pharmacies, and other entities licensed by the boards of pharmacy; information in PPAD is generated from the NABP Clearinghouse, a database to which boards of pharmacy contribute information.
State Newsletter Program
Published on a quarterly basis, the state newsletters provide pharmacists in 34 states with vital information about their state's pharmacy laws and board of pharmacy regulations.
Buying Medicine Online
A great resource for consumers in any state, Buying Medicine Online can help boards direct patients to resources on safely purchasing medication over the Internet.
Members – Get Involved
As board of pharmacy members, your input is essential to addressing the many issues facing the boards of pharmacy and the practice today. Participation in these activities is a rewarding way to assist NABP and the boards of pharmacy in our mission to protect the public health. Consider volunteering to serve on a committee or task force:
- Standing committees, which are held every year, include:
- Committee on Constitution and Bylaws
- Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation
- Resolutions Committee
- Advisory Committee on Examinations
- Single-issue task forces are developed new each year and often address topics from resolutions approved at the Annual Meeting.
- Examination committees write and review test questions to ensure the integrity and validity of the examinations.
For information on applying to serve on a committee or task force contact firstname.lastname@example.org.