Getting Certified

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), prescription use of buprenorphine-containing products in the treatment of opioid dependence is limited to prescribers who meet certain qualifying requirements, and who have notified the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) of their intent to prescribe this product for the treatment of opioid dependence and have been assigned a unique identification number that must be included on every prescription.

To become certified to prescribe buprenorphine-containing products, you will need to follow certification guidelines set by DATA 2000.

Detailed information about DATA 2000, qualifications, notifying SAMHSA, and the general prescriber waiver process can be found at, or by contacting SAMHSA directly:

SAMHSA Buprenorphine Information Center
Phone: 1-866-287-2728 (866-BUP-CSAT)