New Educational Providers

October 14, 2019

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is announcing the re-opening of our Pharmaceutical Representative Continuing Education Program. The application period is open for a total of 4 weeks beginning Monday, October 14, 2019, 7:30 am and closing on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm. We will be accepting new educational providers who are interested and meet the criteria for acceptance. If you are interested in providing continuing education that can be used towards the Pharmaceutical Representative license requirement for 2020, you must apply during this cycle on our website at:

Click “Applicant User Guide” to assist you in the application process. Please read and use as needed.

Institutions of higher learning, or organizations seeking to provide continuing education courses in the subjects referenced above can apply to be an authorized professional education provider. To qualify for approval, an authorized professional education provider shall be: 

  1. a nationally or locally accredited program provider;
  2. a governmental unit;
  3. a health care facility;
  4. an institution of higher learning recognized by an accrediting body approved by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education; or
  5. an association of at least three pharmaceutical companies (which shall not be subsidiaries or affiliations of the same company or parent company).


Allowed course content includes:

  • General medical and pharmaceutical terminology and abbreviation
  • Food and Drug Administration laws and regulations pertaining to drug marketing, labeling, and clinical trials
  • Comparative cost effectiveness of pharmacological treatments
  • Professional ethics
  • Properties and actions of drugs and drug delivery mechanisms
  • Etiologies, characteristics and therapeutics of disease
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomical and physiological effect of pharmaceuticals
  • Comparative effectiveness of pharmacological treatments
  • Safe prescribing practices to prevent abuse

A pharmaceutical company that employs or in any way provides compensation to any pharmaceutical representative shall not be an approved professional education provider. However, a pharmaceutical company or other institution, including as association of pharmaceutical companies, may sponsor one or more continuing education courses presented by authorized professional education providers. 

CDPH reserves the right to reject an application if it determines that the applicant has a conflict of interest, lacks sufficient expertise, or is otherwise unfit to provide quality education. Approved professional education providers must submit course titles, course descriptions, and course curricula to CDPH through the process published on this site.

Refer to our website for the Continuing Educational Provider Application at this link: 

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