New Federal Law Requires 8 Hours of Training for DEA-Registered Physicians

April 14, 2023

ISMS offers six of the eight required hours – at no cost to members!

A new federal law, the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, took effect last December 2022 and requires that all physicians with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license complete a new one-time, 8-hour opioid training requirement.

The 8 hours of this training is a completely separate requirement from Illinois’ opioid safety CME mandates. But good news! The same education that ISMS developed to fulfill Illinois’ CME mandates related to safe opioid prescribing training will also fulfill up to 6 of the 8 hours required by MATE.

Each of ISMS’ courses below count for 1 hour and all are free for members:

All six of ISMS’ courses can be applied toward MATE’s 8-hour training requirement for DEA-registered practitioners. Deadline: The date of a physician’s next scheduled DEA registration submission on or after June 27, 2023. (DEA registration is renewable every three years.)

  1. The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program
  2. Treating Chronic Pain without Opioids
  3. A Guide to New Opioid Prescribing Rules: An Update from the IDFPR
  4. E-prescribing: An Important Part of Medication Safety
  5. Opioids: Best Practices, Overdose Risk Factors, and Naloxone Co-Prescribing
  6. Illinois Response to the Opioid Crisis: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

View the DEA’s Q&A on training requirements.

Questions? Please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.


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