The mission of the Naturopathic Medicine Committee (NMC) is to protect California health care consumers and expand access to safe and effective primary care by licensing and regulating Naturopathic Doctors through vigorous enforcement of the California Naturopathic Doctors Act.
Latest News & Announcements
- Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances Effective January 1, 2021
Starting January 1, 2021, new laws will impact licensees who prescribe and/or furnish controlled substances.
1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements – starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements, including a 12-character serial number and corresponding barcode, to appear on California Security Prescription Forms. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers approved by the California Department of Justice’s California Security Prescription Printers Program. For more information, please refer to the AB 149 Joint Statement.
2. Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances – starting January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient’s representative. Previously, the deadline to report was seven days after dispensing. Further, this law requires reporting of Schedule V drugs, in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV. This requirement applies to pharmacists and prescribers who dispense controlled substances. For more information, please refer to the AB 149 Joint Statement.
- Hospital and Healthcare Providers Cyber Attacks
The Naturopathic Medicine Committee would like to notify you that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. The Naturopathic Medicine Committee is sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats. Please see additional information at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency website: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a.