NOVEMBER 2020 
PRESCRIBING AND PHARMACOLOGY OF CONTROLLED DRUGS 
VIRTUAL MEETING - CANCELLED


Due to the recent notices issued by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, the planning committee has made the decision to cancel the November 2020 Prescribing of Controlled Drugs virtual meeting.   Registration fees paid for 2020 courses will be fully refunded.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for the processing of refund checks.

NOTICE: BME/MLC exempt 2020 CME requirements
The Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Licensure Commission recognize the difficulty licensees may have meeting the annual continuing medical education requirement in 2020 due to the public health emergency.  Consequently, all licensees (MD/DO/PA/AA) are exempt for 2020 from the annual requirement to earn 25 credits for license renewal, and no compliance audit for these 2020 credits will be conducted.  Credits earned in 2020 may not be rolled over to 2021 to meet the 2022 license renewal requirement.  In determining compliance with the controlled substances CME requirements for ACSCs (two credits biennially) and QACSCs (four credits biennially), the Board will extend the two-year period to include 2020. If your two-year period was 2019-2020, it is now 2019-2021. If it was 2020-2021, it is now 2020-2022. Qualifying controlled substances CME credits earned in 2020 may be used to comply with the biennial requirement.

NOTICE: Board waives 8-hr CME requirement for initial or additional QACSC
On Oct. 21, 2020, the Board voted to waive the requirement of attendance at the 8-hour course "Prescribing Controlled Drugs: Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls" for applications for initial or additional Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificates received through December 31, 2020, only. All other requirements, including the four hour pharmacology course, must be met (any four hours from the list of Board approved courses).
Applicants who receive a QACSC under this waiver are required to attend the next available presentation of the 8-hour course and will not be allowed to renew the QACSC for calendar year 2022 until attendance is documented.

If you have any questions, you may contact the education staff:
Margaret McGuire at (334) 954-2519 or email her at mmcguire@alamedical.org
Debbie Norris at (334) 954-2535 or email her at dnorris@alamedical.org

If you have questions regarding your license renewal or QACSC, please contact the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners at (334) 242-4116 or 800-227-2606.