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Posted: 1/29/2018

Maryland Department of Health Modernizes Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Department of Health Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) recently launched a web-based platform for applicants to easily renew their controlled dangerous substances (CDS) registration online. The CDS Registration Renewal digital platform can be accessed through the state's official website,  or directly by visiting

OCSA enforces the CDS Act and ensures the availability of drugs for legitimate medical and scientific purposes while working to prevent drug abuse. OCSA issues CDS permits to practitioners, researchers, and establishments that administer, prescribe, dispense, distribute, manufacture, conduct research, and conduct chemical analysis of controlled dangerous substances. 

More than 39,000 registrants in 35 classifications are required to renew CDS registrations on a three-year cycle. During peak months, as many as 3,000 registrants will renew. The new CDS Registration Renewal platform is expected to reduce processing time in issuing CDS registrations.

The CDS Registration Renewal platform includes functionality designed to create an efficient and user-friendly experience for applicants that include:

  • Connecting in real-time to the four main professional licensing boards (Physicians, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry) to verify applicants have an active professional license with no disciplinary actions/orders – 95 percent of the applicants are part of one of these boards
  • Connecting in real-time to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database to verify the applicants are registered
  • Prompting applicants to upload required documentation
  • Automatically displaying appropriate renewal term and fee based on applicant record
  • Processing fee-exempt registrations

With the new CDS Registration platform, applicants have the added convenience of making renewal payments with a major credit or debit card 24 hours per day 7 days per week at no additional cost. 

This service was developed at no cost to the OCSA through a statewide self-funded digital eGovernment master services contract with the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The support and maintenance for this service is being funded by OCSA.

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NIC Maryland  builds, operates, maintains, and markets the official website of the state of Maryland,  and its digital government services.  NIC Maryland is a collaborative public/private partnership managed by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC Maryland.  NIC Maryland helps Maryland state and local government entities web-enable their services and operates without tax funds through a self-funded digital government services contract.  NIC Maryland has developed dozens of digital government products and services for the state of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August 2011.

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