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FDA Drug Establishment Registration

FDA Drug Establishment Registration is a legal requirement enforced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This process requires drug manufacturers, repackers, relabelers, and certain other entities involved in the production and distribution of drugs to register their establishments with the FDA. Here are several reasons why this registration is important:


Unless exempted by law, all drug manufacturers must complete the US FDA Drug Establishment Registration before they can be marketed in the USA. This is applicable for Generic, Prescription, and OTC drugs, both domestic and foreign imports.

Apply for Drug Registration with a US Agent.

Types of Drug Establishments

Drug establishments are involved in the production of drug products the U.S. Food and Drug Administration categorizes these establishments based on their specific functions. Here are the main types of drug establishments:


  • New or pioneer drugs (NDAs),
  • Generic copies of the new pioneer drugs (ANDAs),
  • OTC drugs
  • Homeopathic drugs
  • Drug testing labs
  • Sterilization facilities etc.


To obtain product DRUG approval, a firm must submit a New Drug Application (NDA), or an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to the FDA. For OTC drugs, direct registration and listing are possible. Drugs sold over the counter without a prescription are called Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. OTC drugs are classified under ‘Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective’ (GRASE) and are exempted from pre-market approval such as ANDA or NDA.


Homeopathic drugs covered in HPUSP that comply with the FDA’s Homeopathic Drug Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) also do not require FDA approval before they are marketed. Homeopathic drugs must also be registered and listed. OTC monograph details what active ingredients may be used, at what level, and for what intended uses in the drug formulation.

Drug Establishment Registration Online

If you are planning to market drugs in the USA, it is mandatory to complete US FDA drug establishment registration. It can be completed online, but FDA won’t help you complete the registration, and it will not tell you what went wrong or where you have filled incorrect details.

An organization that submits incomplete or incorrect information cannot complete the US FDA drug establishment registration until it is corrected. Organizations or their employees who do not have prior experience in completing food facility registration, NDC requests, SPL preparation, Drug listings, annual renewal, and submitting updates find it tiresome to complete registration and related activities.

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FDA Drug Establishment Registration Process

1. Identify the drug and route of approval.

Monograph-listed items can be directly registered with the FDA, others via ANDA/NDA

2. How Important is DUNS number?

DUNS address must match with the actual address provided for FDA registration.  Deviation will lead to cancellation of registration after a few days.

3. Appoint US FDA Agent

Fill out this online application form for US agents and submit it online.

4. NDC number request with FDA

First 5 digit of the NDC number provided by the FDA

5. SPL Preparation & Submission.

Prepare & Submit SPL after verification by client team

6. Update SPL, NDC Number and complete US FDA Drug Establishment Registration

Maximum time taken to complete the process is 7-14 working days.

7. Complete Drug Listing

After US FDA Drug Establishment Registration, manufacturers must list all the drug products planning for commercial distribution in the United States of America.
National Drug Code (NDC Code)

The National Drug Code (NDC) is universal product identifier for human drugs in the United States by unique 10-digit, 3-segment numbering system. This is also called as NDC labeler code which is present on all non prescription (OTC) and prescription drugs.


The 3 segments of the NDC number identify the

  • Labeler / Manufacturer
  • Drug ,
  • Commercial package size.

fda ndc number
Frequently Asked Questions

What is FDA FEI Number Application?

FEI number is a unique identification number issued by the FDA to track inspections of the FDA drug facility registration. FEI numbers are also used to track GDUFA facility fee payments. The FEI number is not for registrants, it is for FDA’s official purpose, therefore all facilities registered with the FDA are not eligible for the FEI number immediately after registration. In case any of the registered firms need, they need to request the FDA Application. Contact Us for guidance and support on this topic.

What is the role of Agent in US FDA Drug Establishment Registration & Listing?

  1. Act as representative on-behalf of the foreign facility
  2. Communicate with the FDA & Owner/Operator of the foreign facility

What is Electronic Drug Registration and Listing (E-DRLS)

Beginning June 1, 2009, FDA is accepting US FDA drug establishment registration and drug listing information electronically. FDA accepts drug establishment registration and drug listing information in XML files in SPL format.

Section 510 of the Act and 21 CFR part 207, requires establishment owner/operator in the manufacture of any formulation for use in human or veterinary drugs, to register their drug establishments and submit listing information for all drugs in commercial distribution.

Every year before December 31, the owner/operator should re-submit registration and listing information with the FDA even if no marketing activities are continued.

Who is required to SELF IDENTIFY?

FDA introduced electronic self-identification of generic drug facility. All such manufacturers are thereby required to self-identify with GDUFA. Once, after the self-identification process, FDA determines the annual facility fees.


  1. Human generic drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers
  2. Finished Dosage manufacturers
  3. Facilities involved in packaging and labeling of drugs
  4. Bioequivalence study centers

What is Drug Listing? Is it necessary for all Drug Facilities to be registered with the FDA?

Drug Listing is mandatory for Generic and Prescription drugs.

Listing NOT mandatory for API, Laboratories etc.