Pharmaceutical Representative License

Since July 1, 2017, pharmaceutical representatives who market or promote pharmaceuticals within the City of Chicago for more than fifteen (15) calendar days per year are required to obtain a license, under an ordinance passed by City Council in the fall of 2016.

  • City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) manages the Pharmaceutical Representative License and fee payment process.  The license application fee is $750 per individual for a one-year licensing term and may be renewed annually.
  • Pharmaceutical representatives must complete an online education session at the time of initial application and then complete at least five hours per year of approved continuing education thereafter.
  • Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) manages the identification of education providers and continuing education (CE) courses available to Pharmaceutical Representatives to meet the annual education requirements. CDPH is also responsible for managing CE postings and auditing course compliance.
  • When requested by the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, pharmaceutical representatives also must disclose information related to the marketing or promotion of the pharmaceuticals, pharmacological classes, or categories of pharmaceuticals listed on the Chicago Department of Public Health website.
  • To report any professional misconduct or complaints, contact 311 and select ‘create a request’.

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