Wednesday, March 25, 2009

DEA Updates

Change in Renewal Policy

Starting April 1, 2009, registrants will no longer have up to 7 months following the expiration of their DEA number to renew with the ability to retain their original number.

Registrants will now have to renew their DEA number within 30 days following its expiration in order to keep their original number. Registrants are still barred from handling controlled substances if their number is expired.

Locum Tenens Policy

The DEA website provides the following policies in regard to DEA registration for locum tenens practitioners:
  • A practitioner can apply for a separate DEA registration in each state where they plan to administer, dispense, or prescribe controlled substances;
  • As an alternative, if the practitioner will be working solely in a hospital/clinic setting, they may use the hospital’s DEA registration instead of registering independently with DEA if the hospital agrees and the situation warrants;
  • The practitioner may transfer their existing DEA registration from one state to another as needed by contacting ODR, or requesting the change on-line at DEA will investigate these modifications of registration as if they were new applications. DEA will issue a new DEA certificate with the appropriate changes if DEA approves the modification.
  • The CSA requires a separate registration for each principal place of business or professional practice where controlled substances are manufactured, distributed, or dispensed, as set forth in 21 U.S. C. § 822(e). DEA has provided a limited exception to this requirement in that practitioners who register at one location in a state, but practice at other locations within the same state, are not required to register with DEA at any other location in that state at which they only prescribe controlled substances, as specified in 21 C.F.R. §1301.12(b)(3).

For more information, visit the DEA website at:

Source: Drug Enforcement Division, Office of Diversion Control

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