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Effective December 31, 2020, OCSA will no longer be accepting paper CDS applications for a new registration and renewal registration within the current renewal period.  Please go to the OCSA online website to register or renew a controlled dangerous substances registration.


OCSA is accepting paper CDS applications for an address change, name change, change of ownership, replacement/duplicate copy of CDS certificate, and expired renewal registration.  Please submit the CDS application​ to the Office of Controlled Substances Administration, 4201 Patterson Avenue, 5th floor, Baltimore, MD  21215.



 New Legislative Mandates

Continuing Education Requirements click here​​​​​​

Archives

Previous memos concerning your CDS registration click here​


​​The Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA)​

Important Updates: 


Application​ Processing

Temporary Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) registrations are being issued at this time.  When the systems impacted by the Maryland Department of Health security incident are again functioning, permanent CDS registrations will be issued.  An application must be submitted to obtain a temporary registration.

For New or Renewal applications please apply online at https://egov.maryland.gov/mdh/cds​

For Pending registrations please contact Maryland.OCSA@maryland.gov​

If you have submitted a renewal application two weeks prior to the expiration date you may continue to practice until the Department has made a final determination.​

CDS Registration Verifications are Limited at this Time

If a CDS registration was issued:

Prior to December 4, 2021 - Please proceed to the CDS Search page.

After December 4, 2021 - Please ask the registrant to provide the temporary letter that was emailed to them. **Note: If the registrant has not received the email, ask them to check their SPAM folder.

For pending registrations please contact Maryland.OCSA@maryland.gov

If you have submitted a renewal application two weeks prior to the expiration date you may continue to practice until the Department has made a final determination.​

Temporary Expiration Date Extension

All temporary Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) registration with an expiration date of March 31, 2022 will be extended until November 30, 2022.

This expiration date extension only extends to registrants that have applied and received a temporary registration.

Pending applications if approved will be issued with the extended expiration date.

An application will need to be submitted for all other New and Renewal CDS Registration. ​


COMING SOON


​PAPERLESS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES

The Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) will be issuing your controlled substances (CDS) registration certificate electronically. The CDS certificates will no longer be printed and mailed.


       Receive Your Controlled Substances Registration Sooner

OCSA will deliver the CDS registration electronically to the email address listed on the CDS registration application. Please ensure the email address listed on the application is correct for the registrant applying for the registration.​​


Update: Ele​​ctronic Prescriptions – Controlled Dangerous Substances December 21, 2021

Health care practitioners must apply for a waiver by January 1, 2022. Compliance actions will be delayed until January 1, 2023.

To apply for a waiver, visit the Office of Controlled Substances website, Quick Links​


Electronic Prescribing Waiver Request​

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OCSA Alerts

 


Update: "We'v​​e Moved"

The Office of Controlled Substances Administration has moved to:

1223 W. Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD  21223


OCSA Main Telephone Number

Due to the recent attack on the Maryland Department of Health Information Technology Network system and a high volume of calls, it is taking longer than usual to respond.  Please lease a message on th​e voicemail and a representative will contact you as soon as possible or email Maryland.OCSA@maryland.gov 


The OCSA enforces the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Act and ensures the availability of drugs for legitimate medical and scientific purposes.  OCSA also issues CDS permits to practitioners, researchers, and establishments that administer, prescribe, dispense, distribute, manufacture, conduct research and conduct chemical analysis of CDS.

​​Pill Mill Tip Line

(888)-829-1115​


Distributors of CDS: Report of Suspicious Orders ​click here

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