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Vicky Pittman, PA-C
By Vicky Pittman, PA-C on June 06, 2023

MATE Act and DEA Requirement Explained

In early April, the US Department of Justice sent out an email notifying clinicians of a new opioid-related training requirement for DEA registered-providers. Over the past several weeks, there's been chatter on social media and discussion boards about what this new training is, who needs it, and how to fulfill it. We're here to share that we're working on OUD Decoded: A DEA-Compliant Audio Course and will make it available by July 2023!

Our team dug through the internet (and read through the entire MATE Act 🤓) to deliver you the information below.

What is this new training and who needs it? 

In 2022, Congress passed the Medical Access and Training Expansion Act, or MATE Act, which requires subscribers of controlled substances to undergo additional training on:

  • The treatment and management of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) or other substance use disorders (SUDs)
  • Screening for those at risk for developing OUD or SUDs

This one-time, 8 hour training requirement goes into effect on June 27th, 2023 for all first time DEA registrants and for those renewing their registration. 


June 27th is just around the corner…so what do you need to do to fulfill this new requirement? 

Are you board certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry?
Did you previously complete a DATA-Waiver training? 
Did you graduate from a training program (MA, DO, PA, NP, dental) within the past 5 years?**

If so, no additional training is required! That’s because these individuals have already covered the necessary information on OUD and SUD during their training. 

For everyone else, you need to complete the 8 hours of education. This education can come from any accredited group, including those accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). 

The 8 hour training does not need to be completed in one session. You can split it up into multiple sessions. It also can be made up of different courses, so long as it adds up to 8 hours in total. Past education and training on this subject counts toward the requirement too! Did you listen to a podcast on buprenorphine for OUD treatment in 2019? That counts towards your 8 hours! 

**Training program curriculum must have included at least 8 hours of education on the management of OUD and SUD.

Proof of training is not required. You will be asked to attest to the completion of this requirement by checking a box when you renew your DEA. You do not need to attest that you’ve fulfilled this requirement until your DEA is up for renewal. However, if you are investigated by the DEA for an unrelated violation or infraction, they may ask for certificates of competition. 


Looking for top-notch education to satisfy this new requirement? We’ve got you covered! 

We are creating new audio content and curating our top opioid and substance use-related segments across our Hippo podcasts to bring you OUD Decoded: A DEA-Compliant Audio Course. The course will be about 8 hours in length and includes AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits. Listen on the go, while you’re driving to clinic, on the treadmill, or walking the dog. We cover all aspects of OUD and SUD, including pain management for adults and kids and medication for OUD. We hope this not only helps you satisfy this new DEA requirement but also expands your knowledge and comfort level in caring for patients with SUD and OUD. 

If you'd like to sign up for course updates, please log out of your Hippo account before clicking the link!

Published by Vicky Pittman, PA-C June 6, 2023
Vicky Pittman, PA-C