Applications for a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation

The Health Products Regulatory Authority is responsible for the regulation of Pharmaceutical wholesalers and distributors in Ireland.

With certain exceptions, those involved in the procurement, holding, supply or export of medicinal products in Ireland are required to hold a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation.

In order to receive an authorisation to wholesale medicinal products, a potential authorisation/licence holder must show compliance with the principle of Good Distribution Practice (GDP). Compliance with these principles is decided by the HPRA through regular site inspections.

Please note: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is responsible for the issuance of Veterinary Wholesale Authorisations.

To apply for a Wholesale Authorisation, an application should be submitted to the Licensing Section of the HPRA. Application for a new wholesale distribution authorisation. For guidance applicants should refer to the HPRA Guide to New Applications and Variations to Wholesale Distribution Authorisations.

From September 2020, the HPRA issued electronic authorisations with e-Signatures and do not routinely issue hard copies of Manufacturing Authorisations, Wholesale Distribution Authorisations and Active Substances Registrations.  Authenticity or integrity of electronic authorisations issued by HPRA, may be verified on the EudraGMDP database or alternatively enquiries can be submitted to the compliance mailbox (

Other helpful documents

Guidance documents on the wholesaling of medicinal products in Ireland


  • Legislation relevant to wholesale distribution can be found on our legislation page.

Topics relevant to the wholesaling of medicinal products in Ireland


Applications for Manufacturing Importation Authorisation are charged separately if they are for human or veterinary products. Details of applicable fees are available below.

Fees for Human Products

Submission of applications

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications electronically to

Alternatively, applications can be posted to the following address:

Health Product Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
Kevin O’Malley House
Earlsfort Centre
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2