General Assembly Passes Legislation Requiring CE in Opioids
The General Assembly passed SB 1202, legislation that requires the following of health care providers:
- Applicants for an initial license must obtain at least two hours of education in pain management or identification of addiction, and at least two hours of education in the practice of prescribing or dispensing opioids. They may complete this requirement as part of their professional degree educational program or from a continuing education (CE) program taken within 12 months of obtaining an initial license or certificate.
- Dispenses and prescribes applying to renew their licenses or certificates must complete at least two hours of CE in pain management, identification of addition or the practice of prescribing or dispensing of opioids as a portion of the total CE required for biennial renewal.
Licensing boards are tasked with working with the Department of State to approve courses for pain management, identification of addiction, and the practices of prescribing and dispensing of opioids.
PDA expects Governor Wolf to sign SB 1202 into law before the end of the year. Once signed, the law will become effective in 60 days. We will continue to apprise you of developments as the licensing boards begin the process of approving curricula and CE courses.