Drug Registration and Listing System (DRLS & eDRLS)
The Office of Compliance, Immediate Office oversees the electronic Drug Registration and Listing System (eDRLS), a key component of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to monitor drug safety.
Section 510 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) requires firms that manufacture, prepare, propagate, compound, or process drugs in the U.S. or that are offered for import into the U.S. to register with the FDA. These domestic and foreign firms must at the time of registration, list all drugs manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed for commercial distribution in the U.S. Additionally, foreign establishments must identify a U.S. agent and importers at the time of their registration.
Registration information must be renewed annually. The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law on July 9, 2012, now requires drug firms to submit annual establishment registrations in the period from October 1st to December 31st of each calendar year. In addition, we remind you that at the time of annual registration, firms must list any drugs not previously listed. The FDA no longer accepts drug establishment registration and drug listing information in paper format unless a waiver is granted. For information and instructions on filing registration and listing submissions, go to our the Electronic Drug Registration and Listing Instructions page.
Any additional updates to drug listing information must be submitted in June and December of each year. Drug establishment registration information allows FDA to identify all manufacturing facilities involved in producing drugs that are in commercial distribution in the United States, and drug listing information helps the FDA maintain a catalog of all drugs in commercial distribution in the United States. Drugs that are manufactured in establishments that are not properly registered and drugs that are not properly listed as required are misbranded and may be subject to regulatory action.
The FDA relies on registration and listing information for administering many key programs, including postmarketing surveillance; user fee assessments; counterterrorism; monitoring of drug shortages and availability; and determining products that are being marketed without an approved application.
FDA has published guidances on registering and reporting product information for those entities that intend to register as outsourcing facilities per The Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). Further information can be found under Related Resources or on the Electronic Drug Registration and Listing Instructions page.
- Human Drug Compounding Registration And Product Reporting Procedures
- Important changes to the registration requirement
- Guidance for Industry May 2009 (PDF - 776KB). Final Guidance for Industry on the new electronic Drug Registration and Listing System (eDRLS)
- National Drug Code Directory. The NDC serves as a universal product identifier for human drugs.
- Drug Establishment Current Registration Site. DECRS serves as a database for all registered drug manufacturers.
- CFR Part 207 – Registration of Producers of Drugs and Listing of Drugs in Commercial Distribution. Links to the applicable section of the Code of Federal Regulations detailing registration of producers of drugs and listing of drugs in commercial distribution. Section 510 of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. Links to the section of the Act requiring manufacturers, repackers, and re-labelers that engage in the manufacture, preparation, propagation, compounding, or processing of human or veterinary drugs and human biological products to register their establishment(s) and submit a listing of every product in commercial distribution to the FDA