Controlled substance information
Current controlled substance procedures
- MD’s, DO’s, DDS’s, DVM’s and certain midlevel practitioners (as defined by DEA), who already possessed a current clinical DEA registration, could use that registration to obtain controlled substances, as long as the schedules listed under their clinical registration included the substances with which they wished to work in research. These practitioners would not need to obtain a state registration, as the federal registration was adequate. A copy of the current registration certificate had to be provided to University of Washington Medical Center - Drug Services.
- Principle Investigators and research staff, who did not qualify as described in the previous paragraph, would have to obtain and provide evidence of current registrations, or application for registration, with the DEA and the Department of Health (DOH) in order to obtain controlled substances from Drug Services Division.
- How were these registrations to be obtained?
Contact the state Department of Health (DOH)-Board of Pharmacy by visiting their website or by telephoning. Ask for, and complete, a CSA Researcher application form. Complete information about the state controlled substance researcher registration system can be found at the following location:
- State DOH website (has contact information and downloadable registration forms)
- Look under Forms > Firms: CSA Researcher
- Telephone Number 360-236-4830
Contact the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), by visiting their website or by telephoning. Ask for, and complete, a CSA Researcher application form. Complete information about the federal controlled substance researcher registration system can be found at the following location:
- Federal DEA website (has registrant information and forms)
- Look under “Research II-V”
- Telephone Number 206-553-5990
General information - controlled substances
All orders for controlled substances in schedules II-V, need to be submitted to Drug Services using the University of Washington Medical Center - Drug Service Controlled Substance Order form. The form can be found on this website under "Forms".
Registrants are responsible for providing Drug Services Division with copies of their current registration certificate(s) annually, if they wish to purchase controlled substances. Copies of registrations may be faxed directly to us at 598-3808. Drug Services will send registrants one email reminder when their registration documentation needs updating.
In addition, under the state and federal registration systems, all Schedule II controlled substance orders (e.g., Pentobarbital, Fentanyl) must also be accompanied with a completed DEA Schedule II Order blank (Form 222). This triplicate form is supplied to you by the DEA. With each of your C-II drug orders, Drug Services will need to be given the top two copies of a C-II Order blank before any C-II drug may be sold. Drug Services Division is not registered to provide or handle C-I controlled substances.
The DEA website also provides a complete listing of what drugs are considered to be “controlled substances,” and provides a schedule listing.
Look under “Controlled Substance Schedules” > “List of Controlled Substances By Schedule.”
The registrations obtained through the regulatory agencies will permit registrants to order controlled substances from vendors other than Drug Services if so desired.
University of Washington Medical Center - Drug Services is no longer authorized to accept controlled substances for disposal. Drug Services can provide the contacts of licensed reverse distributors, to whom the expired or waste (undesired) material can be transferred for disposal. See our document “Order Procedure for Controlled Substances” on this website for more information.