significant changes to dea registration renewals 

 The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently posted to its website a significant change to its registration renewal process. The DEA announced that, starting January 1, 2017, it will send ONLY one renewal notice to each registrant. This change eliminates the informal grace period which the DEA had previously allowed registrants to renew their registrations.

The renewal notification will be sent to the registrants "mail to" address approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date. No other reminders will be provided by the DEA.

The DEA also stated that the online capability to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date will no longer be available. All registrants will have to complete a renewal application by 12 am EST of the expiration date. Failure to do so will result in the immediate "retirement" of the registrant's DEA number and registrant will be required to apply for a new DEA registration and will receive a new DEA registration number.

For those who utilize paper applications, the same rules will apply. Paper renewal applications will not be accepted the day after the expiration date. If the DEA has not received the paper renewal application by the day of the expiration date, mailed in renewal will be returned and the registrant will have to apply for a new DEA registration.

These changes in the DEA's longstanding approach will also have implications for pharmacies and others in the supply chain. All such entities, which are required to validate DEA numbers in the ordinary course of performing their own duties, will need to exercise additional diligence.


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