As part of the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act passed by Congress on December 29, 2022, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is updating some of its requirements. Beginning this summer, dentists will have to complete additional training before renewing or receiving a DEA registration as a prescriber. Here’s what you need to know to get ready for this new requirement.
The new requirements to receive DEA prescription approval are eight hours of safe prescribing training.
All dentists who are or are seeking to be DEA-registered prescribers for Schedule II, III, IV and/or V drugs must comply with the new requirement. However, dentists who are less than five years out of dental school are exempt from this requirement. After five years, the training will be required for renewals as normal.
All new applications and renewals must comply with the new requirement beginning on June 27, 2023 (except for dental school graduates within the past five years as previously stated.)
At this time, training is only available through the organizations listed in the MATE Act. This includes dental organizations like:
Training is also available through other health care organizations, such as:
Additionally, some previous safe prescribing training by one of these organizations may satisfy the new requirement.
For more information, please visit the ADA’s FAQ about the MATE Act.