Health care providers need to be aware of an important change from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which affects all providers and patients. If you are a prescriber, be sure to renew your DEA registration before it expires. Failure to do so could leave you unable to prescribe, and more importantly, could leave your patients without access to their medications, interrupting their continuity of care and putting their health at risk.
The DEA has announced that, starting January 2017, it will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail as it has done in the past. Instead, an electronic reminder to renew will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration. This means that your renewal notices may not be as obvious as they were in the past, so you will want to attend to the first notice that you receive.
At this time, DEA will otherwise retain its current policy and procedures with respect to renewal and reinstatement of registration. This policy is as follows:
- If a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner prior to expiration, the registrant may continue operations, authorized by the registration, beyond the expiration date until final action is taken on the application.
- DEA allows the reinstatement of an expired registration for one calendar month after the expiration date. If the registration is not renewed within that calendar month, an application for a new DEA registration will be required.
- Regardless of whether a registration is reinstated within the calendar month after expiration, federal law prohibits the handling of controlled substances or List 1 chemicals for any period of time under an expired registration.
Prescribers: Renew your registration in a timely manner—the health of your patients is at stake!
For more information, including online applications and registration tools, visit the DEA’s registration website.
Questions? Contact Katie Duensing, Assistant Director for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management.