DEA Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

Under the federal MATE Act of 2022, all practitioners applying for or renewing a DEA registration must have a minimum of eight hours training on:

  • the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders, or
  • safe pharmacological management of dental pain.

PDA has added four complimentary, online, self-study CE courses to help you fulfill this requirement.

Beginning June 27, 2023, practitioners will be required to affirm on their initial or renewal DEA application whether they have completed the one-time training. The date in which practitioners must complete the one-time training depends on each practitioner’s renewal deadline or date they initially apply.

According to the DEA:

  • Training can occur in multiple sessions.
  • Previous training from a qualified entity before the law’s effective date of December 22, 2022, will count.
  • Previous training can include courses completed with PDA to fulfill the Act 124 CE requirement for dentists with a current DEA registration or who use another DEA registration (as permitted by law) renewing their PA license to practice dentistry.
  • Training may take place in-person or virtually.
  • Practitioners who completed eight hours of relevant coursework at an accredited dental school within five years of June 27, 2023, automatically satisfy the requirement.
  • Dentists who took courses with PDA for the renewal periods ending in March 2019, 2021 and 2023 already have six of the eight hours needed to fulfill the one-time, eight-hour training. It pays to be a PDA member!


It is also important to note that Pennsylvania’s own requirement for dentists to obtain two hours of opioid-related CE will count toward the DEA’s new one-time eight-hour training requirement.