HMDR Frequently Asked Questions

California Home Medical Device Retailer FAQs

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The Frequently Asked Questions

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website posts a very useful resource, HMDR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF).

Some Background

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.

The Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) licensing program is administered as part of the Medical Device Safety Section and is governed by law found in the California Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law. The Sherman Law was amended in the 1999–2000 legislative session to establish the HMDR licensing program. This section of the Sherman Law can be found on the California HMDR Program webpage. It is in the Adobe PDF format so you will need an Adobe reader program to open and print the document.

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