Applications - controlled substances certificates

Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (MDs and DOs)

Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (PAs)

Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (CRNPs/CNMs)

Limited Purpose Schedule II Permit (PAs/CRNPs/CNMs)

Renewals

Reinstatement

DEA registration

Controlled Substances Prescribing FAQs


Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (MDs and DOs)

NOTICE:  New prescribing CME requirement - As part of the 25 credits of CME that you must complete every year in order to renew your license, you must now receive two (2) Category 1 MCE hours in controlled substances prescribing.  The total credits required for CME compliance is still 25 credits, not 27.

  • Initial ACSC applications are provided to physicians after their medical license applications are complete and certificates of qualification are issued.
  • Other initial ACSC application requests should be made to
  • ACSCs are renewed annually beginning in October. All ACSCs expire on December 31 of each year.
  • There is no "grace period" for renewing an ACSC. ACSC holders will be sent a notification in October with the procedure for renewal.
  • Please see the schedule of fees for current initial and renewal fee amounts.
  • Renewal requires registration with the DEA and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (see instructions for registering for the PDMP)

For additional information concerning ACSCs, including Prescription Guidelines and Guidelines for the Use of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain, see Board Administrative Rules, Chapter 540-X-4.


Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (PAs)

 

See Board Rules Chapter 540-X-12 for the Board's Administrative Rules concerning QACSCs for PAs.

PAs must utilize their QACSCs in accordance with the requirements of Board rules, including Chapter 540-X-4, Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate, and the Alabama Uniform Controlled Substances Act

 


Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (CRNPs/CNMs)

 

See Board Rules Chapter 540-X-18 for the Board's Administrative Rules concerning QACSCs for CRNPs/CNMs.

CRNPs/CNMs must utilize their QACSCs in accordance with the applicable requirements of Board rules, including Chapter 540-X-4, Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate, and the Alabama Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

 


Limited Purpose Schedule II Permit (LPSP) for QACSC holders

 

See Board Rules Chapter 540-X-20 for the Board's Administrative Rules concerning LPSPs. (Effective Nov. 20, 2014)

Renewals

  • ACSCs and QACSCs expire on December 31 of each year
  • There is no grace period for renewing the ACSC/QACSC
  • Renewal notices containing the web page link are sent out along with license renewal notices in October of each year
  • Renewal may be accomplished online with a credit card or by printing the online form and mailing it with a check -- credit cards are only accepted for online renewal applications
  • Current DEA registration and registration to access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database are required in order to renew the ACSC/QACSC.  See instructions for registering for PDMP

Reinstatement


DEA registration

  • Both an ACSC/QACSC and a DEA registration are required to order, dispense, prescribe or otherwise distribute controlled substances.
  • DEA registrations are issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

  • In 2004, statutes were enacted to establish a prescription drug monitoring program to be administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health (see Ala. Code 20-2-210, et. seq.).
  • The Health Department subsequently adopted ADPH administrative rules to accomplish this purpose.
  • Among other things, the rules require physicians who dispense controlled substances to report to the database.
  • The rules also require the Board of Medical Examiners to provide a lists of licensees who have registered as dispensing physicians. (This is why it is important to have only physicians who are truly dispensing physicians registered).
  • Health Department's web page for Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

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