Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

What is the MATE Act?

The Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act requires increased training for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered physicians and practitioners. 


When must clinicians complete the requirement?


As of June 27, 2023, the MATE Act requires new or renewing DEA licensees to have completed a total of at least eight (8) hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain.


What courses qualify?


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends that content should be related to the prevention, recognition, and care of people with substance use disorders including those with concurrent pain and/or psychiatric and medical comorbidities. Recommended core curricular training elements could include the categories of substance use disorders, effective treatment planning, and pain management and substance misuse. Learn more here.   


Can one educational activity or combinations of multiple educational activities meet the requirement? 


The training does not have to occur in one session. It can be cumulative across multiple sessions that equal eight (8) hours of training.


Do past trainings count?


Past trainings on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders count towards this requirement. If you received a relevant training prior to the enactment of the MATE Act on December 29, 2022, that training counts towards the eight (8) hour requirement. Learn more here.


FREE Resources 


Search for any of the following in our Activity Listing:

  • ALTO: Alternatives to Opioids for the Treatment of Pain
  • Alcohol Use Disorder: Empowering Providers
  • What the Fentanyl!?
  • Buprenorphine 101: Making MAT Happen
  • Let's Talk About: Polysubstance Use
  • Basics of Stimulant Use Disorder

AMA has also compiled a list of free qualifying resources.



More information about the MATE Act can be found on the DEA, ACCME and AMA websites.