DEA Revises Registration Renewal Process … Twice

In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced significant changes to its registration renewal process effective January 1, 2017. The DEA said it would send one renewal notice to each registrant’s mailing address approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date; no other reminders would be provided. The revised rule also suspended online capabilities to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date – putting an end to the informal grace period for registration renewal. Failure to file for renewal before midnight Eastern Standard Time on the expiration date would result in the “retirement” of the registrant’s DEA number, which could not be reinstated with a subsequent filing (a new number would have to be provided).

After a number of organizations, including the American Medical Association, urged the DEA to reverse its decision because of the problems it could create for both physicians and patients, the DEA moved to revise the renewal process, allowing for reinstatement of an expired registration for a month after the expiration date, after which a new DEA application will be required. The DEA also said it will issue a second renewal notification via email following the initial mailed renewal notice.

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Source: U.S. Department of Justice Diversion Control Division website.