Prescribers of Controlled Substances Must Complete Training

Course Options Are Available Through ADA and FDA

A new law requires prescribers of controlled substances to complete eight hours of training before receiving or renewing a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration.  The Medication Access and Training Expansion Act (MATE Act) was included in the omnibus spending bill that passed Congress at the end of 2022. 

The DEA distributed emails notifying prescribers of this new training requirement.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has developed—and is regularly updating—an FAQ document to address potential questions (users must be logged in to view).  The document includes free course offerings for members as well as information about past trainings or coursework from recognized groups that may qualify.  The ADA’s “DEA Registration” webpage is also a good resource for information and will be updated regularly. 

The Florida Dental Association (FDA) will also continue share information with members as it becomes available.  In addition, the FDA will have two courses that qualify for this training requirement at the upcoming Florida Dental Convention (register for the courses today to secure your seat): 

Treating “Between the Lines:” Understanding Rx and Illicit Drug Abuse (OP1-2)

Dr. Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH, FADI

Friday, June 30 | 2-5 PM | CE Hours: 3

Update on Medical Management Medications (C55)

Dr. Russell Walther, DDS, MD
Saturday, July 1 | 8 AM-12 PM | CE Hours: 4

Florida dentists can take advantage of the seven hours available at FDC and take an ADA webinar to satisfy their eight-hour training requirement.

If you have questions about the requirements, please contact FDA Chief Legal Officer Casey Stoutamire by email or by calling 850.350.7202.