Terminology owner/maintenance organisation

Name, contact details, website

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs

9240 East Raintree Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260



Formal name of the code system

See subpages for code system specific details.

Short name or abbreviation of the code system name

Technical identifier/s for the code system 

OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.3.79 (this is the root NCPDP OID)
Canonical URL:

Scope/domain statement for the code system

(Official or from HTA)

"NCPDP is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder forum for developing and promoting industry standards and business solutions that improve patient safety and health outcomes, while also decreasing costs. The work of the organization is accomplished through its members who bring high-level expertise and diverse perspectives to the forum. NCPDP’s consensus process provides a model for creating health information technology (HIT) solutions essential to new reform efforts."

NCPDP produces multiple standards. For a list see information here

Link to information about the code system - including how to obtain the content

See subpages for code system specific details.

Arrangement or agreements with HL7 for use of content

See Memoradum of Understanding between NCPDP and HL7 here
Version management - timing and identification of versionsSee subpages for code system specific details

IP Information and Licensing Information

"National Council for Prescription Drugs Programs, Inc. (NCPDP) publications are owned by NCPDP, 9240 East Raintree Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85260, and protected by the copyright laws of the United States. 17 U.S.C. §101, et. seq.

Permission is given to Council members to copy and use the work or any part thereof in connection with the business purposes of the Council members. The work may not be changed or altered. The work may be shared within the member company but may not be distributed and/or copied for/by others outside of the member’s company. The work may not be sold, used or exploited for commercial purposes. This permission may be revoked by NCPDP at any time. NCPDP is not responsible for any errors or damage as a result of the use of the work.

All material is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy, completeness and non-infringement of third party rights. In no event shall NCPDP, its members or its contributors be liable for any claim, or any direct, special, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of the material.

Revised: September 2016"

Please also note the following:

  • Sharing data that contains values from NCPDP code sets isn’t prohibited by the copyright. But sharing or publishing a full NCPDP code set and definitions is.
  • A party may share data containing NCPDP codes with a receiver that isn’t an NCPDP member.
  • A party that isn’t an NCPDP member may capture and later share data containing NCPDP codes with another party.

Both the sending and receiving parties would be limited in their ability to understand and validate the information if they don't have access to the full code systems.

Added December 2020

HL7 users of this information - which HL7 products use this link (if known)

Financial Management Work Group, Pharmacy Work Group

Process to request content change

See subpages for code system specific details.

Other useful Information

Only NCPDP members can access current NCPDP code systems. However, past versions of certain NCPDP code systems are part of the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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  1. The NCPDP code system and naming system entries have been created and are in Consensus Review:  UP-130 - Getting issue details... STATUS

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