DEA has provided clarification on the one time 8 hour education requirement to obtain or renew your DEA license effective June 27, 2023. CAFP offers many free courses available 24/7 that count towards the 8 hour requirement. Go to familydocs.org/sud or CAFP's Homeroom to learn more.
- This is a one-time requirement at renewal or initial application for DEA license.
- The education requirement refers to substance use disorders and not exclusively opioid use disorder, and the 8 hours can be completed cumulatively across multiple sessions that total 8 hours of training.
- The following providers are deemed to have satisfied this requirement:
- Holding board certification in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Addiction Medicine, or American Osteopathic Association.
- Previously completed the DATA-2000 Waiver training or 8 cumulative hours of any other qualifying OUD/SUD training or education.
- Graduated medical school within five years of June 27, 2023, and successfully completed an 8 hour comprehensive curriculum relevant to the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
- Participated in education from accredited providers, like CAFP, on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders, in any format (online or live).
See the official DEA letter to registered practitioners for more details and SAMHSA for additional guidance and recommendations for core elements of the required training.