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
- 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
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, interns, pharmacy technicians, 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