Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Requirements

The amendments require the following:

  • Computer applications utilized must meet federal security requirements.The federal requirements are included in the Drug Enforcement Administration Interim Final Rule regarding Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances. The rule may be accessed via the U.S Department of Justice DEA Office of Diversion Control website. Contact your software vendor to determine if your application meets the above mentioned requirements. Click here for DEA Audit and Certification FAQs.
  • Computer applications meeting federal security requirements must be registered with the Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
  • To meet the New York State Public Health Law data submission requirements for electronic prescribing of controlled substances, the pharmacy must submit controlled substance dispensing data to the Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, using the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) format Version 4.2 or greater.
  • Pursuant to Public Health Law section 3302(37), an electronic prescription for controlled substances may only be issued in accordance with Department of Health regulations, as well as NYS Education Department regulations and federal requirements. NYS Education Department regulations may be accessed electronically.

On March 13, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature amended the Public Health Law and the Education Law to extend the implementation date for mandatory electronic prescribing to March 27, 2016.