Important Renewal Information from the Board of Pharmacy

The Division of Health Professions Licensure’s Board of Registration in Pharmacy (BOARD) is charged with evaluating the qualifications of applicants for licensure and granting licenses to those who qualify. The Board establishes the rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of the licensees. The Board promotes the public health, welfare and safety by ensuring that licensed professionals and entities meet the requirements as set forth by the boards.

Renewal reminders are sent out to current licensees approximately 90 days prior to license expiration. The Board maintains a webpage at www.mass.gov/dph/boards/pharmacy  where information related to Board statutes and regulations, renewal dates, fees, continuing education requirements and other pertinent information can be found.

The Division makes every effort to ensure that licensees understand their responsibility to renew their licenses prior to expiration. While the individual licensee is responsible for the renewal of their license, the Division requests the assistance of employers, professional associations and other organizations in making sure that licensees understand their obligation.  
If you need additional information, please contact the Board at 617-973-0960.

Unlicensed Practice - Imposition of Discipline and or Fine

Licensed professionals and entities may not practice with an expired license. Practice with an expired license is illegal and is grounds for discipline by the Board. In addition, the Board may impose a civil administrative penalty for unlicensed practice of up to $2,500 if the Board finds that a license has practiced for more than 90 days after license expiration.

Renewal Schedules

License Type

Renewal Time

Renewal Frequency

Pharmacist

Dec 31/Even Year

Biennial (2 year)

Drug Store Permit

Dec 31/Odd Year

Biennial (2 year)

Certificate of Fitness

Dec 31/Odd Year

Biennial (2 year)

Controlled Substance

Dec 31/Odd Year

Biennial (2 year)

Nuclear Pharmacy

Dec 31/Odd Year

Biennial (2 year)

Nuclear Controlled Substance

Dec 31/Odd Year

Biennial (2 year)

Wholesale Distributor Permit

Nov 30

Annual

Wholesale Distrib. Controlled Sub. Schedules II-VI

Nov 30

Annual

Wholesale Distrib. Controlled Sub. Schedules III-VI

Nov 30

Annual

Wholesale Distrib. Controlled Sub. Schedule VI

Nov 30

Annual

Pharmacy Technician

Birthday

Biennial

Pharmacist Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

A pharmacist is not eligible for license renewal unless the pharmacist has completed the requisite number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the 2 year renewal period. All pharmacists seeking renewal must sign under the pains and penalties of perjury that they have completed a minimum of 3.0 CEUs (30 contact hours): a minimum of 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) each calendar year of which at least two contact hours must be in the area of pharmacy law and not more than ten contact hours shall be acquired through home study or other correspondence. The Board accepts three CE types; ACPE, AMA Category 1, and any CEs approved by State Board of Pharmacy. The board monitors pharmacists' continuing education through random audits, upon inspection, and upon pharmacist's appearance before the board.

Massachusetts Professional Recovery System ( )

The Division of Health Professions Licensure initiated the MPRS in response to the growing problem of alcohol and substance abuse among professionals. The MPRS program was established through a partnership between the Division of Health Professions Licensure, various professional societies, and the Massachusetts colleges of pharmacy, for the purpose of evaluating, treating and monitoring the recovery of licensed professionals affected by chemical dependency.

This program exists to protect the public health and safety by monitoring the recovery of these professionals. The MPRS is open to pharmacists, veterinarians and dentists.

For further information or a confidential interview contact Curtis Jackson, Coordinator at (617) 973-0910. Remember, this is a very confidential program and self reporting may avoid discipline, provided there is not an investigation pending or under review.


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.