- What type of information will I be asked in the .pharmacy application?
- What fees are involved in obtaining a .pharmacy domain name?
- How much is the application fee?
- How much is the registration fee?
- What is a token and why do I need it?
- How do I optimize my .pharmacy domain in the online community?
- Is .pharmacy required?
- Can I register a .pharmacy domain name and then sell it to someone else?
- Does NABP accept applications from outside the United States?
- How do I renew my .pharmacy domain?
- What if I still have questions?
Current e-Advertiser and Vet-VIPPS Customers
- I’ve already registered a .pharmacy domain name. Why do I need to apply to .pharmacy?
- My e-Advertiser approval or Vet-VIPPS accreditation expires before September 1, 2017. How do I remain NABP-approved and eligible to advertise through online search engines?
- Am I required to use the .pharmacy domain(s) I registered?
- What if I paid my pro-rated invoice?
- What are the benefits of applying before June 30, 2017?
- How many domain names can I register?
- Do I need to request the same or a similar domain name for my .pharmacy domain as my current website name?
Below is a summary of the information requested on the application. Please note that information requested will vary depending on the type of business applying for a .pharmacy site. Specific instructions for each application type are available.
- Domain name requests. You will be formally making your domain name requests in the application. We provide you with domain name availability information prior to adding new names.
- URLs to be evaluated. These are your current (or staged) sites that represent the content that will appear on your .pharmacy site. NABP evaluates this content to determine if you meet the .pharmacy eligibility standards. Please note that you will be charged a fee for each URL submitted for review.
- Company information. You will be asked to submit company information for all organizations that either (a) own the URLs being evaluated or (b) fulfill pharmacy orders transacted on the URL sites. This information includes address, phone, and email. You may add multiple companies as needed.
- Pharmacy information (if applicable). Using the Facility Upload Template provided for download in the application, you will submit details on the dispensing pharmacies and pharmacists-in-charge/pharmacist manager/head pharmacist (PICs) that are fulfilling orders for the URLs being evaluated.
- Parent company. If you provide multiple companies, we will ask you to submit address and contact information for the parent company.
- Company and pharmacist disciplinary and legal history. Questions regarding the legal and disciplinary history for all companies (including its licensed pharmacies) and each pharmacies’ PIC will be asked. You can upload supporting documentation as needed.
- Affiliated websites. If the companies own other domain names, you will be asked to provide a list for each company. You will also be requested to list website links and redirects on the URLs being evaluated.
Please note that the individual completing the application will need to be an authorized representative of the organization and have the authority to bind the organization to .pharmacy program terms, conditions, and usage policies.
Entities wishing to obtain .pharmacy domain names will be required to pay an application fee to NABP. Domain name registration fees will be charged when the approved domain names are registered through an NABP-approved registrar. Both the application fee and the registration fee are paid annually.
$975 per website review: As part of the evaluation process, content that will appear on the requested .pharmacy websites must be reviewed by NABP. Content must be available on a current, live site or on a staging site. Each live or staged site reviewed will incur a $975 fee payable to NABP at the time of application and each year upon renewal. Please note, the fee is per website review, not per requested .pharmacy domain name.
Prices for registering .pharmacy domain names are available from participating registrars.
A token is an electronic code, or a unique alphanumeric text string, NABP sends to individuals as a means of indicating they have been approved by NABP to register a .pharmacy domain name. You will need to provide this token to the registrar at the time you register the domain name.
NABP encourages and recommends all of its .pharmacy registrants to use their new .pharmacy domain name as soon as possible. NABP understands that many factors – and, likely, many individuals – are involved in this process.
A Transition Guide is available to help you determine whether it is best to start small with a simple redirect or jump straight to establishing the cornerstone of your online presence within the .pharmacy domain.
The four Use Cases listed below are detailed in the Transition Guide, which describes the benefits, drawbacks, and implementation processes.
Use Case #1: Making Your .Pharmacy Domain Name Your Primary Web Address
- Most effective long-term way to build online reputation and web presence.
Use Case #2: Operating Your New .Pharmacy Site in Parallel With Your Old Site
- An interim option between registering and making .pharmacy your primary domain name.
Use Case #3: Creating .Pharmacy Landing Pages to Complement Your Primary Site
- Fastest and least expensive way to attract the attention of search engines.
Use Case #4: Redirecting Your New .Pharmacy Domain Name to Your Old Web Address
- Allows you to make use of your .pharmacy domain, but doesn’t help with search engine results.
No, the .pharmacy program is voluntary. There is no state or federal regulation requiring .pharmacy at this time.
No. Registrants in the .pharmacy domain may not use domain names for the following types of activity:
- Infringement on the intellectual property rights of another member of the .pharmacy domain community, or any other person or entity;
- Engagement in activities designed to impersonate any third party or create a likelihood of confusion in sponsorship; or
- Registration of .pharmacy domain names for the purpose of reselling or transferring those domain names.
Yes. Any member of the pharmacy community, regardless of country location, may apply for .pharmacy; however, there may be a delay. NABP is in the process of creating relationships with regulatory agencies in additional countries outside of the US. If a relationship has not been established in the country where your organization is located, this may delay approval of your application. NABP currently can evaluate applications from .pharmacy community members in the following countries:
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
- United States
If you have a .pharmacy domain, prior to renewing with the registrar, you must be reauthorized by NABP annually to keep that domain. The renewal process varies depending upon what type of applicant you are and when you submitted your original application. To begin the renewal process, email NABP at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions. Read the Renewals page to learn how the process works.
The .pharmacy website provides additional details on important information including program standards and policies, fees, and participating registrars. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone at 847/391-4000, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Central Time, or via email at email@example.com.
If you were preapproved to register the .pharmacy domain name because your website was approved via the e-Advertiser Approval program or accredited through the Vet-VIPPS program, your eligibility to register a .pharmacy domain name was contingent upon your continued approval through one of these programs. With both e-Advertiser and Vet-VIPPS being discontinued, you must renew your NABP approval to continue using the domain name by completing the .pharmacy application.
2. My e-Advertiser approval or Vet-VIPPS accreditation expires before September 1, 2017. How do I remain NABP-approved and eligible to advertise through online earch engines?
Apply to .pharmacy through www.safe.pharmacy/apply as soon as possible and no later than June 30, 2017. Once you register your domain through an NABP-approved registrar and begin using your .pharmacy domain name, you will be able to continue your advertising privileges through Google, Bing!, and Yahoo.
Yes, you will need to use at least one of the .pharmacy domains you registered by either:
- Using your .pharmacy URL as your primary domain; or
- Redirecting (also referred to as “forwarding”) the .pharmacy URL to your approved website; however, you may not forward your .pharmacy URL to unapproved content.
Detailed explanations of the two options listed above can be found in the Transition Guide.
If you paid the full amount of the pro-rated invoice, your NABP approval will expire on September 1, 2017; however, you must apply to .pharmacy through www.safe.pharmacy/apply no later than June 30, 2017, to ensure the timely review of your website before the expiration date. Applications received after June 30, 2017, may not be approved prior to expiration and may cause a gap in approval coverage interrupting paid search advertising eligibility with internet search engines.
NABP is transitioning 170+ customers to .pharmacy this year. To ensure NABP can review your .pharmacy application in a timely manner, we highly encourage your organization to apply as soon as possible and well before the June 30, 2017 cut-off date. By applying early, you ensure no interruption in your NABP-approved online pharmacy status. You’ll also have the largest selection of available domain names. Domain name registration is first come, first serve. Delay, and you risk losing your desired domain name to a competitor.
As many as you’d like; however, please remember that at least one of those domains must redirect to your approved/accredited website content or be used as your primary domain.
7. Do I need to request the same or a similar domain name for my .pharmacy domain as my current website name?
No, you do not. This is strictly optional. You may register any available domain name as long as registration and use of the domain name is in accordance with .pharmacy’s Authorized Usage Policy.