Upcoming changes to DEA registration verifications

By Verifiable • November 16, 2020

DEA Controlled Substances Act

DEA registration verification is undergoing changes as of November 17th and many organizations currently accessing and verifying will need to make adjustments. We highlight these changes below and provide a simple solution to help.

What is DEA registry?

A DEA Registration Number is an identifier assigned to a health care provider which allows them to write prescriptions for controlled substances.

Upcoming changes to DEA verifications

Effective November 17, 2020 the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Registration Information Database will be managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) was previously managing the data, but will end its CSA subscription service, and have since stopped accepting and renewing subscriptions.

How this impacts access and verification

Previously NTiS provided an interface to search as well as an option to receive a flat file, providing simple access for accessing and verifying records.

Previously, the NTiS interface supported access to DEA CSA registration information

Moving forward organizations will need to apply for and gain access to the data via the new website. This data is structured as a file-set with associated header information to help parse and manage the data effectively. Unfortunately organizations that previously utilized a simple web interface to search are now required to manage large files to perform searches and record verifications. Organizations will need to continuously retrieve updated files to ensure information is accurate and up-to-date and providers are compliant.

Verifiable can help

Verifiable is one of few organizations on the forefront of having established access to the new registry. Through Verifiable organizations can seamlessly access nationwide DEA registration via our simple and modern API or web interface to instantly verify DEA and/or enable continuous monitoring. Verifiable records a log of every verification and action to help ensure your organization is audit-ready at all times.

If your organization needs to verify DEA registration or are interested in enhancing data for your provider network, reach out to us and we can help immediately.