As a result of the cyber-attack on the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) issued temporary Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) registration letters. The MDH data systems have been restored and permanent CDS registrations will be issued. If you have already applied to the OCSA you should not reapply.
Due to the large number of CDS temporary letters issued, the permanent registrations will take time to process. The temporary letters have an expiration date of 11/30/2022, the Department is working to have the permanent registrations issued by this date. You can continue to practice with CDS if you have received a temporary CDS registration letter or your application was received prior to two weeks before your expiration date until the Department has made a final determination.
The permanent CDS registrations will be sent electronically to the email address listed on the application. We will no longer issue paper registration certificates.
CDS registration verifications will continue to be limited. The website will update the CDS search information as each permanent CDS registration certificate is generated. Please continue to follow the guidance listed below.
CDS issued Prior to December 4, 2021
If the registrant has a current, unexpired CDS registration certificate and needs a verification letter, the CDS Search function is available on our website. You can search by CDS registration number or by registrant name to generate a document verifying current active CDS registration status.
CDS issued 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org