General Information

General Information

Advocacy Area

Federal Legislation & Regulatory Issues • Grassroots Advocacy • Political Action Committee

Public policies affect every aspect of how pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists apply knowledge, experience, and skills to care for their patients. APhA’s Government Affairs team works to ensure pharmacists’ voices are heard by the federal government. Stop by the Advocacy Area for more information about current issues impacting pharmacists at the federal level and learn how APhA builds positive relationships with the elected officials responsible for making policy decisions that affect pharmacists.

APhA Election/Meet the Candidates

The 2020 APhA Election officially opens for voting at approximately 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday, March 20. Cast your vote online or at the Elections Booths located in the Chesapeake Foyer (don’t forget your “I voted” ribbon after you vote at the booth). You can also meet the candidates for the APhA Board of Trustees, APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS, and SIG elections  on Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am-11:45 am, at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall. Find out where they stand on issues impacting your practice and the entire profession.

APhA House of Delegates

The APhA House of Delegates sessions take place in the Gaylord National, Maryland Ballroom A-D. All attendees are welcome to observe the APhA House of Delegates sessions; however, a Delegate ribbon must be worn to participate and vote in the House discussions.

Arrangements for Persons with Disabilities

Scooters and wheelchairs are available for rental through Scootaround. Reserve your equipment in advance to ensure your needs can be accommodated. If you have a disability for which you may require an auxiliary aid or special service, contact Nicole Whately at 202-448-8727 by Thursday, February 20.


Business casual attire is appropriate for sessions and events. You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket to sessions. Check the weather forecast prior to packing as you may require a jacket and umbrella. The average late-March temperatures are 60º daytime and 40º evening.  

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry

APhA will be partnering with the Anne Arundel Medical Center and Be the Match for our 11th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry. Sign up will take place on Friday, March 20 in the Chesapeake Foyer, with donations collected on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Maryland Ballroom Bus Loop (outside). By participating, not only are you making a difference in the community, you will be entered into a daily drawing to win a $50 gift card. Remember to hydrate and eat before donating. Please bring your ID.

APhA will also once again be partnering with the Be The Match registry to offer you the unique opportunity to give a life-saving bone marrow transplant to someone in need. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on Be The Match, the largest and most diverse registry in the world, to find a life-saving donor. To be eligible for Be The Match, you must be between the ages of 18 and 44, willing to donate to any patient in need, and able to meet the health guidelines. It takes 5 minutes to register in person: complete some paperwork, do a DNA cheek swab. That’s it! Over 70% of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. Finding an unrelated match on the registry is their only chance at a life-saving cure for their disease. 

Business Center

The FedEx Office Print & Ship Center in the Gaylord National offers packing and shipping, signage, copying, and office supplies. Open 6:00am to 9:00 pm daily and offers 24 hour self-service printing, copying, and internet access. 

Business Center: 301-567-0457 • fax: 301-567-1813 
Parcel Receiving: 301-567-7181• fax: 301-567-2930


Please note that children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the education sessions or the Exposition (to include the Opening Reception in the Exposition). This includes children in strollers and carriers.

Education Booth

Visit the Education Booth for information about APhA2020 education sessions, continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, and many other APhA education and training activities. 

First Aid

First Aid is located in the Gaylord National. For emergency assistance, dial 333 from any house phone or dial 301-965-4500 from your cell phone.

"Friends in Pharmacy" Supports the Homeless Community

APhA is proud to support the Carpenter’s Shelter, with a mission to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy.

  • Visit the Booth! Look for the Carpenter’s Shelter​​​​​​ booth centrally located in the Chesapeake Foyer. Be sure to stop by to see how this wonderful organization helps fight to end homeless in the DC area. While at the booth, create an encouragement card to go into the Welcome Home kits provided to “graduating” residents who are leaving the shelter to move into their own home.
  • Donate! A $10 (minimum) cash donation at the booth will give you a chance to win a free registration at APhA2021 in Los Angeles!  One student and one full Pharmacist registration will be drawn.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall! Look for the Carpenter’s Shelter floor logo at exhibitor booths. One badge swipe equals extra donations from that exhibitor.
  • Visit the Bookstore! Proceeds from the APhA-ASP t-shirt sales benefit Carpenter’s Shelter. Get yours while supplies last.

Thank you for your support! Learn more at

Headshot Café 

Visit the Headshot Café on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am–3:30 pm, for a complimentary professional headshot. Stop by Rite Aid's booth, #515, during Exhibit Hall hours to receive your headshot voucher.
Supported by Rite Aid.

History Display

APhA held the 1858, 1883, 1920, 1934, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2020 annual meetings in Washington, DC. Stop by to view our wonderful collection of memorabilia from those meetings, as well as past membership badges and lapel pins. See how times have changed? Learn more about APhA pharmacy leaders during those times. 

Obtain your personal copy of 150 Years of Caring - A Pictorial History of the American Pharmaceutical Association, prepared especially for the 2002 Sesquicentennial APhA Annual Meeting, edited by George Griffenhagen. Your complimentary copy awaits you at the History Display.

Information Central

Visit the Information Central booth, centrally located in the Chesapeake Foyer of the Gaylord National, to answer questions, and assist you during the meeting. In addition, you may seek assistance from any APhA staff member, identified by their green staff ribbons and/or APhA blue shirts.  

Thursday, March 19 1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–6:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:00 am–5:00pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–5:00 pm
Monday, March 23 6:30 am–2:00 pm

Internet Access

Complimentary internet is available in the meeting and exhibit areas of the Gaylord National.

Invitation Letter for International Attendees

The U.S. Department of State is the official United States visa information source with information about visa requirements, U.S. embassy and consulate locations worldwide, and wait times for visa interview appointments/processing. Travelers are advised to apply for visas well in advance of intended travel dates. Although APhA may not provide official travel endorsement, a Letter of Invitation is available by completing the Letter of Invitation request form

Lapel Pin

Don’t leave the Gaylord National Resort without your collectible APhA2020 lapel pin! To pick up your lapel pin, stop by GEICO’s booth, #110, during Exhibit Hall hours.
Supported by GEICO.


Connect face-to-face with the APhA Membership Team to learn how to maximize your APhA membership to meet your individual needs and goals. Be sure to also enter our drawings for your chance to win great prizes. We will be conveniently located in the Exhibit Hall at the Experience Zone.

Mobile App and Program Guide

The primary methods of providing comprehensive information about Annual Meeting activities are via the APhA2020 Mobile App and Program Guide. If you require assistance downloading or navigating the App, stop by Information Central in the Chesapeake Foyer of the Gaylord National. Hard copies of the Program Guide are available at the Bag Bar at Registration.

Mothers' Room

The Mothers’ Room is behind the Concierge Desk in the Gaylord National main lobby. Please ask at the front desk for the key. Refrigeration is not provided.


Any person who attends an APhA Annual Meeting event grants permission to APhA, its employees and agents (collectively “APhA”) to record his or her visual/audio images, including but not limited to, photographs, digital images, voices, sound or video recordings, audio clips, or accompanying written descriptions, and, without notifying such person, to use his or her name and such images for any purpose of APhA, including advertisements for APhA and its programs. 


Registration is located in the Prince George's Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National. Registration bags, Program Guides, Annual Reports, ribbons, neck wallets, and other materials are distributed at the Bag and Ribbon Bar.

Attendee Hours:

Thursday, March 19 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:30 am–3:30pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Monday, March 23* 7:00 am–2:00 pm

*Registration Desk relocates to the Chesapeake Foyer

Exhibitor Hours:

Thursday, March 19 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Registration bags supported by Albertsons Companies.
Neck wallets supported by Kroger.

Relaxation Station

Take a few minutes to unwind with a free seated back massage on Saturday or Sunday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. To receive your massage coupon, stop by the Healthcare Providers Service Organization’s booth, #510, during Exhibit Hall hours.
Supported by a grant from Healthcare Providers Service Organization.

Restaurant and City Information

Visit the hotel Concierge Desk located in the main lobby of the Gaylord National for assistance in booking reservations at the area’s best restaurants and for information about local attractions and transportation options.

Shuttle Service

Click here for information on local transportation options. 

Spouse/Guest Information

A separate registration fee for spouse/guest registration is offered. Included in spouse registration are the Opening Reception, Closing Reception, and Exhibit Hall. Note that the education sessions are not included, nor is CPE credit offered.

Treasure Hunt

Take a trip around the Exhibit Hall for your chance at a $500 gift card! Click on the Treasure Hunt icon in the Mobile App to get started. Two winners will be announced at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 22, in the Exhibit Hall. You do not need to be present to win.