Steps to Accreditation

Accreditation Process

Before starting the online application for DMEPOS accreditation, please review the application instructions - the instructions include a list of information needed as you fill out the application and a summary of the documentation that you will need to submit to NABP.

Once your pharmacy applies for DMEPOS accreditation, NABP will assess your application and documentation to ensure CMS quality standards are met.

If supporting documentation meets CMS quality standards, NABP will perform an unannounced survey of the pharmacy to compare the pharmacy's written policies and procedures to its actual practices.

NABP's DMEPOS accreditation process can take six to nine months from application to accreditation. Accreditation is valid for three years, and accredited suppliers will submit a renewal application to NABP every three years.

On-Site Survey

As part of the accreditation process, NABP performs an unannounced survey of the applicant pharmacy to evaluate operations, interview staff, and verify accuracy and implementation of submitted documents and policies and procedures.

As part of maintaining accreditation, NABP conducts an unannounced survey of the accredited DMEPOS-pharmacy once every three years to review, evaluate, and monitor the pharmacy supplier, its performance, and compliance with CMS quality standards. Complaints (from any beneficiary, regulatory agency, or CMS) and/or a change in critical operations or business structure, such as a change in ownership, could prompt an unannounced on-site survey at other times.

Accreditation

After the supplier's application, documentation, and licensure are reviewed and deemed satisfactory, and an unannounced on-site survey has been performed, the supplier will receive a report and evaluation. If NABP determines that CMS quality standards have been met, the supplier will be awarded DMEPOS accreditation. 

Pharmacies accredited through the NABP DMEPOS program are doing their part to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the appropriate products, services, and patient care associated with DMEPOS products.

Denial of Accreditation

The DMEPOS accreditation team is here to help you through the accreditation process. The appeals procedure (PDF) sets forth the process for DMEPOS suppliers to appeal a decision to deny or remove accreditation.