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Sections 458.3265, and 459.0137, F.S., respectively, now require clinics that are exempt from registration as pain management clinics to obtain a certificate of exemption from the Department of Health. By January 1, 2019, all pain management clinics must be registered with the Department of Health (DOH) as a pain management clinic or hold a certificate of exemption.

An applicant for certificate of exemption must provide:

  1. The name or names under which the applicant does business;
  2. The address at which the pain management clinic is located;
  3. The specific exemption that the applicant is claiming, along with supporting documentation; AND
  4. Any other information DOH deems necessary

Each certificate must be renewed biennially, be prominently displayed, and made available to the DOH or applicable board upon request.

For more information: http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/pain-management-clinics/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions

January 1, 2019

A pain management clinic that claims an exemption from the registration requirement.

 

  1. The name or names under which the applicant does business;
  2. The address at which the pain management clinic is located;
  3. The specific exemption that the applicant is claiming, along with supporting documentation; AND
  4. Any other information DOH deems necessary

 

No

DOH must approve or deny an application for a certificate of exemption within 30 days after receipt.

Each certificate must be renewed biennially, but the initial certificate may be issued for up to three years to allow DOH to establish renewal cycles.

A pain management clinic must prominently display its certificate of exemption and make it available to DOH or the applicable board upon request.

Each certificate of exemption is valid only for the applicant, owners, licenses, registrations, certifications, and services provided under the specific exemption claimed.

No

A new application must be submitted and a new certificate of exemption must be issued if the clinic changes its address.

60 days

Notify the DOH within 3 days and either register as a pain management clinic or cease operation.

Yes, for non-acute pain. A pain management clinic must follow 456.44 F.S. Controlled substance prescribing.

For the treatment of pain other than acute pain, a prescriber must indicate "NONACUTE PAIN" on a prescription for an opioid drug listed as a Schedule II controlled substance in s. 893.03 or 21 U.S.C. s. 812.