Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy [18 VAC 110 ‑ 20]
Collection sites for disposal of unused drugs
Action 4337
General Information
Action Summary The intent of this regulatory action is to establish standards for collection sites similar to those required by the DEA in order to register as an “authorized collector.” In order for the Virginia Board to inspect for and enforce standards for collection on controlled substances, they must be set in regulations adopted by the Board. If requirements for collection and destruction are not followed, there may be opportunity for diversion of donated drugs or adulteration of controlled substances if there is risk of co-mingling with existing stocks. Designation of authorized collection sites will facilitate the disposal of unused prescription drugs, which in turn reduces the supply of such drugs for abuse and diversion. However, the collection must be handled in a manner that protects the drugs until destruction in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 110-20 Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 110 - 50 Regulations Governing Wholesale Distributors, Manufacturers and Warehousers Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004325]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7187 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 01/14/2016 after the comment period had ended.
7354 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/24/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Caroline Juran, RPh  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4456    FAX: (804)527-4472    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.