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First Certification Organization for EPCS

September 26, 2011 - San Luis Obispo InfoGard has recently been announced as the first Certification Organization for Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) to be approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration. As the premier United States IT security laboratory, InfoGard was chosen for its vast experience with the technologies and standards underlying EPCS requirements.

From the DEA website listing InfoGard as the first Certifier of EPCS applications:

“…Review of an EPCS application must be thorough in order to provide the prescriber and pharmacist the level of assurance needed in order to use the application.Before any application may be used for electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, it must be reviewed, tested and determined by a third party to meet all of the requirements of 21 CFR Part 1311….”

To be certified under DEA rules, e-prescription solutions must be carefully designed to comply with EPCS requirements. Unlike most e-prescription software, EPCS requires the use of digital signatures; Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validated cryptographic modules and two-factor authentication. DEA also establishes specific EPCS requirements governing the use of tokens and biometric devices for authentication.

If you are a prescriber or pharmacy application vendor requiring an EPCS certification, please contact InfoGard for further information: Call 805-783-0810 or email our EPCS department by using our contact form.