New Rule on CME on Opioid Abuse Open for Comment

The North Carolina Medical Board has published its proposed rule to implement the General Assembly’s legislation adopted last year requiring physicians to take CME on the abuse of controlled substances in order to renew a medical license. Read the proposed rule here.

A public hearing on the proposed rule will be held at 10 a.m. on July 14 at the NCMB building, 1203 Front St., Raleigh.

Comments also may be submitted to:  Wanda Long, Rules Coordinator, NC Medical Board, P.O. Box 20007, Raleigh, NC 27619, fax (919) 326-0036, email The comment period ends on July 15, 2016, and the proposed effective date for the new rule is Sept. 1.


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  • James Winkley MD

    Useless. Policies like this do nothing but waste our time and money complying. When are you going to learn that you cannot legislate or codify good behavior? On the part of patients or physicians.

  • Don Chaplin

    Physicians who do not hold a DEA license need to take this mandatory CME?
    Thank you.

    • Thanks for the question. Physicians and PAs who prescribe NO controlled substances will not be required to comply. If you do not hold a valid DEA registration, you should be exempt. – NCMB Communications Director