Regulation of Medicine


New Georgia Controlled Substances CME Requirement – Effective January 1, 2018

By: Carrie Lowe, JD

October 17, 2017

Georgia physicians who have an active DEA certificate and prescribe controlled substances are now required to complete, one time, three hours of CME courses that are designed to specifically address controlled substance prescribing, including:

  • Controlled substances prescribing guidelines
  • Recognizing the signs of use of abuse or misuse of controlled substances
  • Controlled substances prescribing for chronic pain management

This CME must be completed at the physician’s first license renewal after January 1, 2018, or the first renewal following licensure. Any controlled substance prescribing coursework taken within two years of the physician’s last renewal will count toward this requirement. Completion of this requirement will count as 3 hours toward the CME requirement at license renewal.

Physicians who are subject to Rule 360-15-.01(3) (those who do not have a certification in pain manage or palliative medicine and whose patient population is comprised of 50% or more opioid pain management patients) are not subject to this requirement. Those physicians have a more stringent CME requirement.


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