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A New Electronic Prescription for Controlled Substances Certification

September 17, 2012

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, announced the release of its new certification programs for vendors handling electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS).

The two certification programs evaluate pharmacy and prescribing companies that offer applications supporting electronic prescription of controlled substances. These programs are designed to demonstrate that vendors meet detailed Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) regulations as well as EHNAC core criteria addressing privacy, confidentiality, technical performance, business practices, resources and security.

“EHNAC’s new EPCS programs were developed through the collaboration of healthcare prescription vendor and network experts,” Mark Gingrich, commissioner and criteria committee chair of EHNAC, said. “We are excited about the level of detail provided in these programs, which effectively address the requirements of the DEA regulations. Customers of organizations achieving this certification can be confident their vendors have a very strong compliance framework in place.”

EHNAC is undergoing the application process with the DEA to become an approved EPCS certifier. Until finalized, these programs will be administered exclusively by Certified Information System Auditors (CISAs) to meet requirements of the DEA EPCS regulation. EHNAC accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and confirms compliance with industry-established standards as well as HIPAA and ARRA/HITECH regulations

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