Controlled Substances in Higher Ed Research Settings

This course covers controlled substance use in analytical and animal research, offering an overview of relevant federal regulations for research personnel.

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About this Course

This course explores the legal requirements, institutional best practices, and compliance programs designed to monitor and control security, storage, procurement, waste management, and documentation including how to report suspected or confirmed drug diversion or significant loss.  How to prepare for and participate in internal and external audits is addressed.

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Administrators, Animal Care and Facility Staff, Compliance Professionals, Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, General Counsel, Institutional Leadership, IT Professionals, Lawyers, Physical Plant Personnel, Public Safety Professionals, Students

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in the Controlled Substances in Research Settings series, which is available as part of an organizational subscription package or for $675 per year/per site as a subscription add-on for government and non-profit organizations; $750 per year/per site as a subscription add-on for for-profit organizations
Independent Learner Price: $99 per person

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Course Content

Introduction to Controlled Substances

This module will identify controlled substances, their schedules, and associated precursor List I and II chemicals. It will discuss the associated regulatory agencies and licensing required for the use of controlled substances in research.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21124 (English)
Author(s): Kelli Christman, MHA - University of Michigan

Controlled Substances Security, Risk Assessment, and Reporting Theft and Loss

Learners will explore the responsibilities of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrant. The effective security controls they are required to have in place to prevent controlled substance diversion. The information will outline the requirements for the secure storage of controlled substances based on the type of DEA registration used, the schedule of the controlled substance, and the activity at the storage location.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21125 (English)
Author(s): Kelli Christman, MHA - University of Michigan

Document Management and Recordkeeping

The document lifecycle of controlled substances is called the chair of custody. The learner will experience the complete cycle, from procurement, use, waste, and to disposal. A discussion of the procedure requirements necessary to address the storage, maintenance, and retrieval for internal and external auditing will conclude this module.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21126 (English)
Author(s): Kelli Christman, MHA - University of Michigan

Institutional Oversight

Institutions may use committees and oversight bodies to address compliance. Information will be provided concerning how to identify and work with internal and external stakeholders as part of a comprehensive controlled substance compliance program. Useful tools and standards to track and monitor the use of controlled substances in research will be addressed.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21127 (English)
Author(s): Kelli Christman, MHA - University of Michigan


A framework for conducting internal audits to assess the level of risk to the institution and individual registrant when designed and executed correctly provides valuable information. This module will review internal and external audits and the ways in which they can be leveraged to promote controlled substance education, increase compliance, and reduce the risk of drug diversion

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21128 (English)
Author(s): Kelli Christman, MHA - University of Michigan


Who should take the Controlled Substances in Higher Education Research Setting?

The suggested audience for this course includes individuals who directly interact with controlled substances such as dispensing, and compounding, and nonpractitioners, who are involved with providing effective controls and procedures to guard against theft and diversion of controlled substances.  This includes individuals at academic and non-academic institutions, such as physicians, veterinarians, dentists, staff, institutional leaders, and administrators, physical plant, IT, and EHS professionals.

How long does it take to complete the Controlled Substance in Higher Education Research Setting Course?

Each module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Why should an organization subscribe to this course?

Organizational subscriptions provide access to the organization's affiliated members. This allows organizations to train individuals across the organization on conflicts of interest in healthcare.

What are the standard recommendations for learner groups?

This course is designed such that learners should complete all the modules in sequence.

Is this course eligible for continuing medical education credits?

This course does not currently have CE/CME credits available.

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