Authorizing Official Policy Term Definition

An Authorizing Official is someone who represents and confirms that he/she is fully authorized to legally bind a 340B covered entity into a relationship with the federal government and has knowledge of the practices and eligible programs at that site. This is the person responsible for and to whom the federal government would contact concerning compliance issues, integrity evaluations, and audits. Covered entities are required to provide HRSA with their Authorizing Official’s name and contact information upon enrollment, and to update this information when any changes are made. The Authorizing Official is also responsible for completing OPA’s online registration process for 340B covered entities and outpatient facilities as well as the annual recertification process. The Authorizing Official must also approve contract pharmacy registrations.