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Pharmaceutical Control Division


DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.


UPDATED: The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will fully reopen its public service counter Monday through Friday starting on July 12, 2021, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy.

Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.

If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.

*Pharmaceutical Control Division Mailing Address Update*

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY applicants must submit all facility applications to the Pharmaceutical Control Division office located at:

899 North Capitol Street, NE
First Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Facility applications include:

  • New and renewal DM facility (Manufacturer, Distributor, Wholesaler) applications
  • New and renewal controlled substance registration applications for DM facilities
  • New pharmacy applications
  • New controlled substance registration applications for pharmacies
  • New and renewal hearing aid permit applications.

* Pharmacy License Renewal Extenstion *

The Pharmaceutical Control Division is extending the renewal period to Wednesday, June 30, 2021. This means that your resident or non-resident pharmacy license and controlled substance registration do not expire until June 30, 2021. All renewal applications must be submitted by May 31, 2021 to avoid late fees. The renewal application is available ONLINE ONLY. No paper applications will be accepted.

Licensure Waivers 

In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction.  You can read more about the waiver process HERE

If you require assistance from the Board of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Control Division, please contact the following individuals by email:  



Email Address 


(Pharmacist, Pharmacy Intern, Pharmaceutical Detailer, Pharmacy Technician) 


Ms. Karin Barron  

Ms. Luanne Greenaway  

[email protected]  

[email protected]  

Facility Licensure/Controlled Substance Registration

(Resident Pharmacy, Non-Resident Pharmacy, Wholesale and Distributor)  


Ms. Brittany Allen  


[email protected]


(New) Practitioner Controlled Substance Registration 


Ms. Karin Barron 

Ms. Luanne Greenaway

[email protected]

[email protected]

(Renewal) Practitioner Controlled Substance Registration  

Ms. Karin Barron  

Ms. Luanne Greenaway  


[email protected]  

[email protected]



Pharmaceutical Control Division has the regulatory responsibility that involves annual licensure inspections, surveillance, and the monitoring of activities in establishments that procure, distribute, dispense and manage prescribed/prescription products for sale or use to consumers in the District of Columbia. Regulated facilities include; pharmacies, hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, researchers, local wholesalers, distributors, long term care facilities, animal clinics, dialysis centers and ambulatory surgical centers.

Pharmaceutical Control Division enforces all District and federal pharmacy laws and regulations (pharmacy, controlled substances, prescription substitution, drug purity, and drug distribution and manufacturing laws and accompanying regulations, etc).

Pharmaceutical Control Division serves as a liaison between District Government and Federal Agencies, (i.e. Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Health and Human Services, the Consumer Protection Agency, etc), involving regulatory control matters.

Pharmaceutical Control Division conducts investigations and provides consultation to all facilities and programs that provide pharmaceutical products and services to the District of Columbia residents.

All complaints concerning the dispensing, prescribing, manufacturing, distribution, and wholesaling of drugs are investigated by Pharmaceutical Control. To file a complaint, complete the form below.

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