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Registration and Dispensing Q&A

Registration and Dispensing

Question: I am a practitioner, but I never plan on administering, dispensing, or prescribing a controlled substance. Must I have a DEA registration?

Answer: No. DEA regulations require that "only persons actually engaged in" the "dispens[ing] . . . of any controlled substance" hold a registration. 21 CFR 1301.11(a); see 21 U.S.C. 802(10) (defining "dispense" to include "the prescribing and administering of a controlled substance"). EO-DEA191, June 23, 2020

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