MATE Act Required Training for DEA Licensees

A new Drug Enforcement Agency act requires all new or renewing DEA licensees, as of June 27, 2023, to have completed at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain.

 This page explains how to meet the requirement, exemptions, and answer some common questions.

How do I meet the requirement?

  • You will need eight hours of CME credit
  • The training does not have to occur in one session and past training does count
  • The training activities can be online, in-person, etc.; there are no restrictions on the format
  • All DEA-registered practitioners must fulfill this requirement 
  • You must have completed the training prior to your initial or renewal registration.

Who's exempt from the requirement?

  • Physicians who are board-certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry
  • Practitioners who have graduated from their professional school within 5 years of June 27, 2023 or 5 years of their license renewal following June 27, 2023, and completed a curriculum that included at least eight hours of coursework regarding substance use disorder during that time.
  • Practitioners who previously took training to meet the requirements of the DATA-2000 waiver to prescribe buprenorphine can count this training towards the 8-hour requirement
  • Practitioners who are solely veterinarians are exempt.

What are trainings that fulfill the requirement?

  • This link will take you a list of prior OHSU activities that qualify for this requirement, including hour count.
  • The following offerings are not affiliated with OHSU and are provided for your convenience
    • This links to is a free 10-hour training that meets the requirement
    • The AMA has collected 72 hours of training opportunities at this link.

How do I report meeting the new requirement?

  • Practitioners will be required to check a box on their online DEA registration form - whether an initial or renewal - affirming that they have completed the new training requirement.

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