Many RDC stores are already enjoying the benefits of CSOS – electronic ordering of C-II’s. Our PRO II system is enabled to handle “live” CSOS orders from your store – all you need to do is get certified by the DEA!
Please read this page carefully – it explains what CSOS is and exactly how to apply.
How do I apply for a CSOS digital certificate?
Before applying for a digital certificate, please do the following – these steps will make your life a lot easier!
- Read all of the information below to learn what CSOS is.When you’re ready to apply come back up here.
- Select a computer with Internet access and a good printer – the process will involve printing DEA application forms
- Download Adobe Acrobat software (unless you already have it) – you’ll need this for opening and printing the DEA application forms. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader , and immediately start with the “Choose your platform” menu in the bottom grey area. Then select your “Connection Speed” and Step 2 will appear. Continue to walk through the set-up wizard and click the little red “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
- Locate a Notary Public – to notarize your forms
- Choose the following individuals in your store: the Registrant, a CSOS Coorindator, a CSOS Alternate Coordinator, and Powers of Attorney. A CSOS Coordinator is a person you assign to handle all CSOS duties in your place. CSOS Powers of Attorney are staff members chosen and authorized to order C-II’s. Note: when you apply you can only apply for one position – i.e., a Registrant cannot apply as a CSOS Coordinator as well.
- Prepare photocopies of 2 forms of ID (one must be photo), and your DEA Registration
CSOS Computer Requirements:
Windows XP, 512 MB of memory, Windows Internet Explorer, Installation of our Remote Access Tool (eBlvd), DEA electronic CSOS Certificates
Note: You MUST have full Adminstrator Priviledges in Windows in order for CSOS to work.
To apply for your certification(s), CLICK HERE between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (after these hours the site will be down until further notice from PEC Solutions). This is the DEA’s website containing detailed information that will guide you through the application process.
We suggest that you take the time and read every word on this web site! It’s packed with a lot of information – we don’t want you to miss any detail or understanding of how the system works. You will find application forms on the site, but you must sign off on the pre-requisites first.
The forms can be filled out on-line or printed. On the left menu of the Home Page, look for this link: “Apply for a CSOS Certificate”. Click this link to begin a walk-through that will allow you to fill out and send in your application.
What is CSOS?
CSOS stands for “Controlled Substance Ordering System”. It is an overall system allowing all buyers and sellers to conduct secure electronic transmission of controlled substance orders without the supporting paper Form 222. The adoption of CSOS standards is the only allowance for the electronic transmission of Schedule II controlled substance orders between controlled substance manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and other DEA authorized ordering entities.
CSOS uses Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology, which requires CSOS users to obtain a CSOS digital certificate for electronic ordering.
Where Does RDC Fit In?
We are providing CSOS-enabled ordering software to our customers.
Why should I get RDC’s CSOS software?
No more 222 forms, and next business day C-II orders from RDC!
How does RDC’s CSOS Software work?
Our CSOS software is “married” with RDC PRO II, our ordering system, and resides on your PRO II computer. To use it you would simply enter your C-II’s in with the body of the rest of any Purchase Order on PRO II.
When it’s time to transmit your orders, PRO II will separate the C-II’s and send them to the CSOS software on the same computer. A prompt will then pop up asking you to sign the order with a digital certificate.
Once your order is signed, our CSOS software secures it, packages it and sends it over the Internet to RDC. We then verify the authenticity of your digital signature against the DEA’s on-line database, and upon approval, process your order for shipping the next business day.
Note: You must have Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional in order to use our CSOS Software.
What is a digital certificate?
A digital certificate is an authorized digital identity that contains information about its owner. Your cert will be issued by PEC Solutions, the CSOS Certificate Authority (CA) chosen by the DEA.
PEC uses Public Key Infrastructure technology (PKI) that allows secure on-line transactions over the Internet. With it you will be guaranteed of confidentiality, authenticity, integrity and non-repudiation. PEC will issue your digital certificates to you after validating your identity and authority.
How do I sign up for CSOS?
You can apply for a CSOS digital certificate by submitting an application to PEC Solutions, the DEA chosen CSOS Certificate Authority (CA). Once you have your certificate, RDC can load the software on your PRO II computer. PEC is accepting enrollment applications on a “first come, first served” basis.
If you have questions we can help to a degree – call Al Emmans at 1.800.333.0538. The PEC Solutions support staff is also very helpful – they are available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Call 1-877-DEA-ECOM (1-877-332-3266) toll free.
Can I order generic C-II’s with CSOS?
You bet! RDC’s entire C-II database is available – both brands and generics. Order the same items you would with the 222 forms. The only difference is that you order using PRO II – just enter your C-II’s into your Purchase Orders just like any other item!
Will PRO II track my C-II orders separately?
Yes. They are listed separately within “Po Lookup” so you can spot them easily.
Will PRO II give me confirmations for my CSOS orders?
Yes. You will see your confirmations exactly as you do now.
Will my system keep copies of my CSOS orders?
Yes. They are required by the DEA to be kept for 2 years. Each and every order will be kept in a directory within your software.