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The Oregon Board of Pharmacy serves to promote and protect public health, safety and welfare by ensuring high standards in the practice of pharmacy and through effective regulation of the manufacture and distribution of drugs.  


Partners for a Healthy Oregon


These values reflect both how our Board and staff strive to conduct ourselves, and the behaviors we seek to instill across the practice of pharmacy in Oregon.

Quality - We strive to deliver a consistent standard of excellence *Excellence *Value *Worth        

Safety - We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public *Protection *Security *Care

Integrity - We meet commitments to public health & safety and are accountable for our words and actions *Honesty *Ethics *Respect

Professionalism - We are committed to promoting excellence in pharmacy practice *Expertise *Commitment *Competence

Accountability - We accept responsibility for our actions, products, decisions and policies *Trust *Responsibility *Transparency 

About Us

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy was created by the Oregon State Legislature in 1891. Today, the Board consists of nine Board Members, Five members are licensed pharmacists, two are licensed pharmacy technicians and two are representatives of the public. The Governor appoints each member of the Board for a term of four years, subject to approval by the State Senate, and they may be reappointed. 
The Board of Pharmacy office is located in Portland and consists of 22 dedicated staff members who, in addition to supporting the Board, provide services in Licensing, Compliance, Communications, Regulation and Operations. 

The Licensing team process license applications and renewals for 34 license categories, including pharmacists, technicians, interns and multiple types of drug outlets (retail, institutional, nonprescription, wholesaler, manufacturer and others). The Licensing team manage over 30,000 active licenses.

The Compliance team consists of a dedicated team of pharmacists with experience in all aspects of pharmacy practice, as well as a support staff of tenured professionals. Pharmacy inspectors conduct inspections of drug outlets to promote public safety, investigate complaints from the public and healthcare personnel and provide compliance consultation with licensees. The team works closely with other State and Federal agencies such as the Oregon Health Authority, DEA and FDA to carry out the mission of the Board. To learn more, view our Annual Performance Measures.  

The Administrative team consists of tenured professionals who are responsible for compliance with State processes, budget & accounting, rulemaking, records management, personnel management, information technology and public outreach. Download our current Strategic Plan to learn more about our direction and priorities. 

Executive Director Joe Schnabel, R.Ph., has been leading the agency since February, 2019. 

Oregon Board of Pharmacy

800 NE Oregon St., Suite 150
Portland, OR  97232 
Phone: 971-673-0001
Fax: 971-673-0002
Hours of Operation:
8:00AM - 4:30PM 
Monday - Friday 

Key Contact Information

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​Email all Compliance related questions to:​

**Please note, Board Inspectors and staff cannot provide legal advice, but are able to assist you by identifying the appropriate laws or rules that pertain to your questions. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact legal representation. 

Laws & Rules ​​


​Email all press related inquiries to:​


​Email all Licensing related questions to:​


​Email all Rulemaking related questions to:​


Email all Public Health & Pharmacy Formulary Advisory Committee questions to:​


Email all Public Records Request related questions to:​


Email all impaired licensee related reports to: or complete & submit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy online complaint form​


Email all PIC change related questions to:​


​Send all pharmacy drug theft/loss reports to:


​Complete and submit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy online complaint form​​​​

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