Sec. 1263 of the spending bill Congress passed in December 2022 requires controlled substance prescribers to complete 8 hours of one-time training on safe controlled substance prescribing as a condition of receiving or renewing a DEA registration. The statutory language was taken from a separate bill, called the Medication Access and Training Expansion Act (or MATE Act). The federal training requirement applies to any licensed Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) who requires a DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and V). Those who do not need a DEA registration are not affected.
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