Federal Laws for Dental Professionals
Below is information on federal laws applicable to dentistry and/or employers in Massachusetts.
DEA Licensure Regulations
DEA Licensure RegulationsBeginning on June 27, 2023, the new federal training requirement under the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act requires dentists to complete eight hours of training (once per lifetime) before receiving a new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license or renewing an existing one. This training requirement applies to any dentist with a DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and V). Dentists who have graduated in the past five years could use qualifying coursework with certificates from their dental school but may need to add additional coursework to complete up to eight hours of training.
Compliance with this new requirement must be completed at the time of your next scheduled DEA license submission. Practitioners will report completion of this new requirement by checking a box on their online DEA registration form affirming that they have completed the coursework. Whether a registrant is filling out their initial registration application or simply renewing, this action must be taken.
Learn more about the coursework, and dates and locations of courses.