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The passage of the MAT Act (2023) removed the X-Waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescribing and included a new requirement that all registered prescribers complete training. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released updated training requirements for practitioners treating individuals with substance use disorders. Anyone renewing their DEA after 6/27/2023 will need to attest to having completed 8 hours of substance use disorder education.

All physicians, advance practice providers, and prescribers registering with the DEA (or renewing registration) must complete this training. Veterinarians do not need to complete this training.

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Key Points

  • One-time training requirement

  • Attest when renewing DEA license

  • 8 hours total

  • Past trainings (including X-Waiver training) count

  • FREE training available

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the new DEA-mandated training requirement?

The new DEA-mandated requirement is a one-time, 8-hour training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Training can be completed over multiple sessions, or all at once.

Who needs to complete the training requirement?

All physicians, advance practice providers, and prescribers seeking registration with the DEA. Veterinarians do not need to complete this training.

What should the training entail?

SAMHSA recommends that training content should be related to the prevention, recognition and care of people with substance use disorders including those with concurrent pain and/or mental health and medical co-morbidities.

When does the training requirement go into effect?

June 27, 2023 – providers do not need to report this training unless they are renewing their DEA license on or after June 27, 2023.

How do I document the training?

You do not need to provide ‘proof’ of training. Prescribers need only attest that the training has been completed at the time of license renewal.

Prescribers should maintain documents proving that the training was completed for their records.