New CE Requirements for CDS Permits

(Sept. 21, 2018) - Background: During the 2018 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed HB1453 / SB1223,  Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration – Authorized Providers – Continuing Education.  This bill requires veterinarians to take 2 Continuing Education hours in "prescribing or dispensing" Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in order to obtain or renew a CDS permits. The bill takes effect October 1, 2018. 

Any veterinarian who applies for an initial CDS permit or who applies to renew a CDS permit on or after October 1, 2018 must first take 2 CEs in prescribing or dispensing CDS. The CEs must be approved by the State Board.  (See below) You will have to attest to taking these CEs when you apply for your CDS permit. 

Note: CDS permits are issued by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Controlled Substance Administration – not the State Veterinary Board.  Although the State Veterinary Board does not require new licensees to obtain CEs their first year of licensure, the OCSA does require licensees to have these 2 CEs before obtaining a CDS permit. 
This is a one-time requirement. If you already have a CDS permit, you only have to take these 2 CEs the first time you renew after October 1, 2018.  These CEs may be used toward your annual CE requirement for licensure.  

Courses that may be used to meet this requirement are below: 
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS that is RACE Approved* 
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS for veterinarians that is provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), VetFolio, or VetGirl. Search CDC
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS that is provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). 

Other Qualifying Webinars:

Submit a request for approval of other in-person or online courses HERE

Important: The OCSA will audit permit holders for compliance. If you fraudulently obtain a CDS permit by attesting to taking these courses when you did not, you may be subject to fines and penalties from OCSA and the State Board. 

*American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners 
Office: 410-841-5862

Vanessa Orlando 
Executive Director

Tonya Kendrick
Licensing Administrator

Office: 410-841-5862

Media Inquiries: 
Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications