|(a) Effective until September 1, 2020, each dentist
who is permitted by the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe controlled
substances shall complete every three years a minimum of two hours
of continuing education in the abuse and misuse of controlled substances,
opioid prescription practices, and/or pharmacology. This continuing
education may be utilized to fill the continuing education requirements
of annual renewal.
(b) Effective beginning September 1, 2020, each dentist
who is permitted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (or any subsequent
permitting authority authorized by state and federal law) to prescribe
controlled substances must complete 2 hours of continuing education
related to approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled
substances as outlined in paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection.
These 2 hours of continuing education may be used to satisfy the recordkeeping
continuing education requirements of §104.1 of this title (relating
to Requirement). After completing the initial requirement, a dentist
may, no more than once annually, take the course under this subsection
to fulfill hours toward the recordkeeping continuing education requirement.
(1) For dentists authorized to prescribe controlled
substances before September 1, 2020, the 2 hours of required continuing
education must be completed no later than September 1, 2021.
(2) For dentists who are authorized to prescribe controlled
substances on or after September 1, 2020, the 2 hours of required
continuing education must be completed not later than the first anniversary
after the person is issued an authorization to prescribe.
(3) For dentists who have surrendered the permit or
authorization to prescribe controlled substances or have their permit
or authorization to prescribe controlled substances revoked by any
administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding, the requirements of
paragraph (2) of this subsection shall apply to any new permit or
authorization granted on or after September 1, 2020, regardless of
whether the dentist previously satisfied the requirements of this