Controlled Substance / DEA

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Regulatory Compliance

CVMA Guide to Cal/
OSHA Compliance

Controlled Substance / DEA

Controlled substances are classified and overseen by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and veterinarians who administer, dispense or prescribe controlled substances are overseen by the DEA Office of Diversion Control. Controlled substances are carefully monitored by both the DEA and the California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) and thus veterinary practices must comply with several laws and regulations in order to properly manage them.

Examples of compliance efforts include DEA registration for practitioners, employee background checks, biennial inventory sheets, dispensation logs, special prescription requirements, enhanced security measures for storage, and more.

A list of controlled substance registered transporters/ disposers can be accessed here.

The CVMA has resources for members to access to the right.

Controlled Substance DEA FAQ

Reverse Distributors in California

Controlled Substances & Employee Screening Clarification

Controlled Substance Prescriptions in California

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Resources

Keeping Control of Controlled Substances: A Review of Regulatory Requirements

Transfer of Controlled Substances