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CA Pharmacy Designated Representative (wholesaler) Licensing 

A designated representative is an individual who performs clerical, inventory control, housekeeping, delivery, maintenance, or similar functions related to the distribution or dispensing of dangerous drugs or dangerous devices. To work as a designated representative, you must possess and keep a current certificate as a designated representative. 

If you are applying for a license, be aware that the board of pharmacy is required to expedite the licensure process for an applicant whose spouse or partner is an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces and meets other criteria.

The best single source of licensing information is the license application form itself, California State Board of Pharmacy - Designated Representative Requirements and Application Forms. The application form details: 

  • eligibility requirements (e.g., general education; paid work experience;  completion of a training program, such as the SkillsPlus Designated Representative Course)
  • work experience affidavit requirements
  • training affidavit requirements
  • expedited licensure processes for military active duty spouses/partners
  • the licensure application process (e.g., fees; supporting documentation;  fingerprint scanning)

CA Pharmacy Designated Representative-3PL Licensing 

On February 20, 2015, the California Board of Pharmacy announced that third-party logistics providers (3PLs) must obtain a third-party logistics provider license, as well as designate a responsible manager, and secure licensure of specialized employees who will serve as designated representatives-3PLs (DR-3PL). DR-3PL applicants must provide proof of DR-3PL training. Read a blog post about California 3PL licensing.  Learn more, and buy now:  California Designated Representative-3PL Certification Course

CA Pharmacy Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor Licensing

In Q1 2018, the California Board of Pharmacy published a webpage for the Designated Representative Reverse Distributor license. The page states, "To be licensed as a Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor in California, you must satisfy the requirements under Business and Professions Code section 4053.2. A designated representative-reverse distributor license is responsible for supervision over a licensed wholesaler that ONLY acts as a reverse distributor pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 4022.6." Learn more, and buy now:  California Designated Representative Reverse Distributor Certification Course

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