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Accreditation Process


Application Submission

Before submitting an application for VAWD accreditation, please review the VAWD criteria. Successful applicants provide documentation addressing VAWD criteria, including information on:

  • Licensure
  • Facility
  • Personnel
  • Record keeping
  • Authentication and verification
  • Returned, damaged, and outdated drugs
  • Policies and procedures

The application instructions can help you work your way through the online application.

Application Review

After NABP receives the application, fees, and all supplemental documentation, NABP will:

  • Verify that all state wholesale distributor licenses are in good standing
  • Verify that designated representative licenses are in good standing
  • Evaluate the submitted supplemental documents for compliance with the VAWD criteria
  • Notify the applicant if discrepancies arise or clarification is needed

Supplemental Documentation

Wholesale distributors seeking accreditation will need to provide supplemental documentation that addresses the VAWD criteria. The application instructions include a list of required supplemental documents. All documents should be submitted electronically to NABP.

Policies and Procedures

Upon submitting the application, fees, and supplemental documents, NABP will provide the Policies & Procedures Assessment, which identifies documentation needed when applying to and maintaining VAWD accreditation. It should be used to prepare your facility’s policies and procedures.

After receiving the Policies & Procedures Assessment, new applicants will have 90 days to prepare and submit policies and procedures to NABP for evaluation and confirmation of compliance with VAWD criteria. NABP will conduct a thorough review of your policies and procedures against the VAWD criteria and provide an opportunity to address any deficiencies found through the review.

The application instructions include further important details on submitting supplemental documentations necessary to complete your accreditation process. 

NABP Clearinghouse

NABP screens the facilities and staff of the wholesale distributor through its Clearinghouse to check for disciplinary actions levied against the distributor or the pharmacist-in-charge.

The NABP Clearinghouse is a national database of educational, competence, licensure, and disciplinary information on pharmacists practicing in NABP’s active member board states and jurisdictions.


After the documentation is evaluated and preliminarily determined to be satisfactory, an on-site survey of the wholesale distributor facility is scheduled to evaluate the operations and policies and to interview staff to determine compliance with the VAWD criteria.

NABP will send the wholesale distributor a Survey Process Guide, which includes information on what to expect during the survey.

As part of maintaining VAWD accreditation, a survey is also performed once every three years.

State-Specific Requirements

See Contact Information for Licensure Verification (PDF) for a listing of state agencies responsible for licensing wholesale distributors.

Wholesale distributors that hold licenses in Indiana should review further state-specific requirements (PDF) to determine if their facility is exempt from the VAWD accreditation requirement.