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):
- The Buprenorphine Waiver Training at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry covers legislation, pharmacology, safety, patient assessment, and more. Complete all the modules and pass the post-test at the end.
- The American Society of Addiction Medicine offers the ASAM Buprenorphine Course for Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders in multiple formats that all provide the required 8 hours needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based treatment of opioid use disorders.
- The Providers Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment Self Study at the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, developed by the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), consists of a 4.25-hours webinar session and a 3.75-hours online session. For a list of trainings provided, visit the PCSS-MAT Calendar of Events.
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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).