Buprenorphine Training for Physicians

Find information about the eight-hour buprenorphine waiver training courses that are required for physicians to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine.

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), physicians are required to complete an eight-hour training to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. The following SAMHSA-supported continuing medical education (CME) courses can help physicians qualify to prescribe buprenorphine in an office setting (courses may require registration and include fees):

Learn more about buprenorphine and how to qualify for a physician waiver.


The views expressed in these courses and related materials do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


SAMHSA-supported courses are planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint sponsorship with the host organizations and the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Last Updated: 04/22/2019