Q. What is the California Home Medical Device Retailer licensing program?
A. According to the Home Medical Device Retail Program website:
“The Home Medical Device Retail Program’s mission is to promote and improve the health and well-being of all California residents and to facilitate the growth and vitality of California home medical device retail product industries, while ensuring that products are not adulterated, misbranded or falsely advertised.
The HMDR program is mandated by Assembly Bill 1496 of the 1999–2000 legislative session. This program licenses California HMDR facilities and registers Out-of-State HMDR facilities. In-State HMDR facilities supply prescription medical devices or durable medical equipment for use in the home to treat acute or chronic illnesses or injuries. Out-of-State HMDR facilities must supply prescription medical devices in order to qualify for the registration. The HMDR program also licenses exemptees that are required to be on staff in lieu of a pharmacist at facilities selling prescription medical devices as described under California and Federal medical device laws.
For any questions, please contact us using the information on the left or email us as the following address: FDBMedDevice@cdph.ca.gov.”
The California HMDR licensing program home page lists 3 helpful links:
1) the applications link to fill-in online Adobe Acrobat forms that can be completed, then printed and mailed for license application.
2) a link to provide direct access to an abstract of the California Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law that authorizes creation, regulation and licensing of HMDR firms and personnel, and
3) a link to a list of frequently asked questions is provided to guide the user through common occurrences during the HMDR licensing process.