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General questions about NCPDP Standards Table Data purchase, payment, access and delivery.

What is NCPDP Standards Table Data?

NCPDP Standards Table Data is comma-separated machine parsable files for the NCPDP Data Dictionary (DD) and External Code Lists (ECL) beginning with the 201601 versions.

The Table Data files are normalized raw data intended to be imported into existing computer applications and databases by developers. They are not designed to be opened and read in spreadsheet programs such as Excel. The files have a tag line and carriage return/line feed structure that needs to be machine read with a simple programming script. Processing and importing the Table Data is a task for developers.

The Data Dictionary includes three data files – Header, Detail and Free Form. A Readme.txt is included with an explanation of the file layouts.

Table Data File Sample ECL File

The ECL is a single data file for each publication of the ECL. A Readme.txt is included with an explanation of the file layout.

What files do I receive in the NCPDP Standards Table Data?

The Data Dictionary includes three data files – Header, Detail and Free Form. A Readme.txt is included with an explanation of the file layouts.

Table Data File Sample ECL File

The ECL is a single data file for each publication of the ECL. A Readme.txt is included with an explanation of the file layout.

Can anyone purchase NCPDP Standards Table Data subscriptions?

No. NCPDP Standards Table Data subscriptions can only be purchased by an active NCPDP member. The subscriber’s NCPDP membership must be maintained throughout the term of the subscription in order to have access within the subscription year.

How do I know which Data Dictionary (DD) Standard version to purchase and subscribe to?

NCPDP Standards Table Data are based on a specific Standard by specific version. Only one publication of the Data Dictionary is applicable to a version of a standard. For example, if a version of a standard is approved and released in October 2017, then only the October 2017 Data Dictionary is applicable and may be used with that version of the standard. No earlier or later Data Dictionary publications are relevant.

How do I know which External Code List (ECL) to purchase and subscribe to?

NCPDP Standards Table Data are based on a Standard by specific version. The External Code Lists can be applied to a version of a standard starting with the date of approval/release and subsequent future publications. For example, if a version of a standard is approved and released in October 2017, the October 2017 publication of the ECL is the first applicable publication that may be used for the version of the standard. All future publications of the ECL can also be used unless specifically noted by data element or value limitations within each ECL publication.

How long is the NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription?

Each subscription is for one year. The annual subscription will allow access to the Data Dictionary for the specific Standard Version and all applicable ECL publications released within the subscription year, as long as the NCPDP membership is maintained and active.

How do I access and download the NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription that I purchased?

A link to the download page for the NCPDP Standards Table Data will appear on the purchasing MyNCPDP Member Portal page. This link will only be visible and accessible by the NCPDP Member that made the purchase. If that member leaves the organization or terminates their NCPDP membership prior to the end of the subscription, access is no longer available. The member organization can contact TableDataSupport@ncpdp.org to transfer the subscription to another active member within their organization.

Once I purchase the NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription, how soon will I be able to access and download the files?

Immediately after the purchase of NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription is completed online by credit card or check is received and processed by NCPDP, the link to the download page for the NCPDP Standards Table Data will appear in the MyNCPDP Member Portal for the active NCPDP Member who purchased the data.

Who can assist me in purchasing my NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription?

For assistance, please email TableDataSupport@ncpdp.org. Please provide details, and screen shots, if applicable, of issues and questions, so that NCPDP can better assist you.

How do I purchase a NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription?

To Pay By Credit Card Online:

  • Click on the "Purchase Standards Table Data Subscription" button at the top of this page.
  • Scroll through the Order Form and find the specific Standard(s) that you wish to purchase.
  • Select the specific Version(s) of each Standard that you are purchasing.
  • Proceed with online payment.
  • When the payment transaction is accepted, NCPDP will immediately provide a link to download the NCPDP Standards Table Data that will be visible in the MyNCPDP Member Portal and send you a subscription confirmation email. The subscription confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your NCPDP Membership record.

To Request an Invoice and Pay By Check:

  • Click on the "Request Invoice" button at the top of this page.
  • Scroll through the Order Form and find the specific Standard(s) that you wish to purchase.
  • Select the specific Version(s) of each Standard that you are purchasing. • Click on the Request Invoice button. An invoice will be generated and emailed to the your email address within 2 business days.
  • When the payment has been received and processed by NCPDP, NCPDP will immediately provide a link to download the NCPDP Standards Table Data that will be visible in the MyNCPDP Member Portal and send you a subscription confirmation email. The subscription confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your NCPDP Membership record.
What payment methods are accepted?

The following payment methods are supported online: Credit Cards including, Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. Additionally, an invoice may be requested to allow for payment by check by mail or EFT.

How frequently will the NCPDP Standards Table Data be updated?

ECLs may be updated quarterly. As new versions of an existing standard or new standards are released, the Data Dictionary will be updated. Update notification will be communicated through the NCPDP NOW member newsletter.

How much is an annual subscription to NCPDP Standards Table Data?

$1,950 for each Standard and Version.

The NCPDP Member who purchased the NCPDP Standards Table Data for our company is no longer with the company, how do we get access to the NCPDP Standards Table Data subscription?

The member organization can contact TableDataSupport@ncpdp.org to transfer the subscription to another active NCPDP member within their organization.

Why can’t I access the NCPDP Standards Table Data that I purchased?

NCPDP Standards Table Data is only accessible by the NCPDP member who purchased it. Your NCPDP membership must be valid and active to access the Table Data download. If your NCPDP membership has expired, you are able to renew online.If your membership is active and you are still unable to access the NCPDP Standards Table Data that you purchased, please email TableDataSupport@ncpdp.org for assistance.