Use of an EPCS-certified application is the first step to legally fill or prescribe controlled substances electronically. US federal regulations require that all Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) must be processed by approved applications per the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Compliance with the DEA’s stringent security requirements is a major challenge for EPCS application developers – but UL can help. We have the required accreditations and expertise to help you meet DEA requirements for your EPCS application.

DEA requirements for EPCS applications

The DEA mandates that applications used for prescribing or filling Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances meet all the requirements stated in 21 CFR Part 1311 Subpart C. These requirements include the use of cryptographic digital signatures, two-factor authentication, and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validated cryptographic modules.

EPCS app certification and audits

Products are certified for a period of two years from the date of certificate issuance. Pharmacies and prescribers must also complete an audit to address processing integrity (prevention of insider threats and outsider attacks). UL provides a DEA-approved method for verifying processing integrity.

Pharmacy EPCS applications tested and certified by UL

As a trusted IT security laboratory, UL helps companies apply federal EPCS app requirements and achieve certification with minimum effort. The following EPCS Certified Applications Lists identify products that have successfully completed the formal EPCS testing and certification process through UL.

AdvanceNet Health Solutions, Inc. ePostRx Version 4.20 with eRxScribe Version 1.0
Computer-Rx WinRx with eScript Communicator, Version
(WinRx) and (eScript Communicator)
Foundation Systems, Inc. (FSI) FSI Management System, Versions 12.05 and 14.03
KeyCentrix RxKey Version 4
KeyCentrix New Leaf Rx Version 2
Software Strategies, Inc. RxMaster Pharmacy System v12.2
SRS Pharmacy Systems, Incorporated (DBA Scientific Retail Systems) PKon Rx Version 9.362
The Kroger Co. EPRN (Easy Fill Pharmacy Retail Network), Version 12.1
Prodigy Data Systems, Inc. PROScript 2000 Version 5.1
RNA Holdings, LLC Helix Pharmacy System, Version 1.16.20
VIP Computer Systems, Inc. VIP Pharmacy Management System Version 6.2.1

Prescriber EPCS Certified Applications

Athena Health, Inc. Athena Clinical’s Version 15.1 and 15.3
Community Computer Service, Inc. DBA MEDENT MEDENT Version 20.1.00931
STI Computer Services ChartMaker Medical Suite Version 2015

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