Get started with EPCS

Get started with EPCS


The complexities of the requirements for a compliant and efficient implementation of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) necessitate a significant number of tactical steps that IT, clinical leadership, pharmacy, application / EHR teams, compliance/credentialing departments, and others must take together.

These steps can be organized into five key phases: assessment, preparation, testing, enrollment, and transition. The following provides an approximate timeline for a successful, start-to-finish EPCS initiative that encompasses all phases. While the time necessary for each step will vary for every organization, it is critical to develop and execute your EPCS project plan well ahead of the January 1, 2022 deadline.


To help you get started, Imprivata has developed an EPCS step-by-step project planning guide, which lists the tasks to be performed during each phase, including the suggested departmental owner of each task, to help you keep your EPCS project on track.

Enabling EPCS with Imprivata Confirm ID

Imprivata Confirm ID is the fast, secure signing solution for EPCS. It is the most comprehensive platform for provider identity proofing, supervised enrollment of credentials, two-factor authentication, and auditing and reporting to help healthcare organizations meet the DEA requirements for EPCS. Imprivata Confirm ID integrates with leading EHRs and e-prescribing applications, and it supports the most complete set of two-factor authentication modalities, including Hands Free Authentication, to make EPCS as fast and convenient as possible for care providers.

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This website and the materials herein shall not be interpreted and/or used as legal advice for your company to be used in complying with Federal and State EPCS Laws and/or the DEA requirements for EPCS. Alternatively, it provides background information to help you understand the DEA requirements and achieve EPCS success. This legal information is not the same as legal advice, where an attorney would apply the law to your specific circumstances, so we insist that you consult an attorney if you’d like advice on your interpretation of this information or its accuracy. In summary, you may not rely on the information on this website or the materials herein as legal advice, nor as a recommendation of any particular legal understanding.