New Training Requirements for DEA-Registered Providers

On March 27, 2023,  the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance on a new one-time, eight hour training requirement all DEA-registered providers must complete. It is on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. The deadline for completing the training is the date when a practitioner is next scheduled to submit their DEA registration, whether it is for an initial registration or a renewal, on or after June 27, 2023.

The training can be completed through a variety of accredited organizations[1] and can be cumulative across multiple sessions. If a practitioner previously received relevant training from one of the accredited organizations recognized by the DEA, they can use that training to meet the eight-hour requirement.

Practitioners who are board certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Medical Specialties; the American Board of Addiction Medicine; or the American Osteopathic Association; or who graduated in good standing from a medical (allopathic or osteopathic), dental, physician assistant; or advanced practice nursing school in the United States within five years of June 27, 2023, and successfully completed a comprehensive curriculum that included at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders, will be deemed to have completed the one-time training requirement.

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[1] The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) • The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) • American Medical Association (AMA) • The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or any organizations accredited by the AOA to provide continuing medical education • The American Dental Association (ADA) • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) • The American Psychiatric Association (APA) • The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) • The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) • Any other organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AACCME) or the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR), whether directly or through an organization accredited by a State medical society that is recognized by the ACCME or CCEPR • Any other organization approved or accredited by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, the ACCME, or the CCEPR