News Release: Florida pain management clinic registration begins December 16

Dec 14, 2009

The Florida Department of Health issued this news release on December 14, 2009.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced today that the registration process for pain management clinics will begin December 16. The deadline for registration is January 4, 2010.

Pain management clinic registration is now required based on the 2009 passage of

Senate Bill 462, requiring pain management facilities that primarily engage in the treatment of pain by prescribing or dispensing narcotic medications to register the facility with DOH.

Beginning December 16, applications will be available to download and print by clicking on the Pain Clinic Registration and Inspection link from the Florida Board of Medicine website at Completed applications should be returned with a cashier’s check or money order for $150.00 (payable to: Florida Department of Health) to the address listed in the application instructions.

Medical doctors (MDs) and osteopathic physicians (DOs) may be disciplined if they practice in a pain management facility that is required to register with DOH and has not done so. To determine if a clinic is required to register, clinic owners, as well as MDs and DOs, can review Section 458.309(4) through (6), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Section 459.005(3) through (5), F.S. Florida Statues, a copy of the new law, as well as Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the Pain Clinic Registration and Inspection Program are also available at the Florida Board of Medicine website.

The mission of DOH and MQA is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida. Working in conjunction with 22 boards and six councils, MQA regulates seven types of facilities and 200-plus license types in more than 40 health care professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice act violations, combats unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public. Visit for additional information about MQA.