Instructions for Submitting an Online SMA-163 Form

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On the following pages you will be able to fill out and submit an SMA-163 form, and additional required documents, online to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The instructions below will help you prepare a complete SMA-163 submission that can be processed expeditiously by SAMHSA. You may wish to print  these instructions for use as a checklist in obtaining and preparing all required information and documents for your SMA-163 submission.

Note: Only initial approval to serve as an accreditation body can be submitted at this site.  Existing Accreditation Bodies (ABs) wishing to submit Form SMA-163 for renewal of accreditation must submit via their account on the SAMHSA OTP Extranet Website.  Applicants may register for an extranet account at the SAMHSA OTP Extranet Request website. After the request is verified, the applicant will receive an email with a username and password for use of the website. For help accessing your account, contact the SAMHSA OTP Extranet Information Center at, or 1-866-348-5741.

Although the additional documents you need to provide (e.g., the accreditation body’s nonprofit status) to SAMHSA are not required at this time please be advised that SAMHSA will not begin processing an SMA-163 until all required additional documentation is received. We recommend that you obtain and prepare all required documents in electronic format (e.g., Word, PDF) for attachment with your online SMA-163.

After reading these instructions click 'Continue' at the bottom of the page to begin completing your online SMA-163.

When Should an Accreditation Body Submit an SMA-163 Form to SAMHSA?

An accreditation body should submit an SMA-163 form to SAMHSA for any of the following purposes:

  1. To apply to SAMHSA for approval to serve as an accreditation body
  2. To apply for renewal of SAMHSA approval as an accreditation body (required every 5 years)

Who May Submit an SMA-163 Form?

An SMA-163 may only be submitted/signed by a responsible official from the accreditation body. The responsible official’s name and contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address, are required on the form. After submitting an online SMA-163, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the responsible official. The responsible official will need to login to the SAMHSA OTP Extranet Website in order to complete the submission process. The submission process will not be complete until the responsible official electronically signs the form. SAMHSA will contact the responsible official after receipt of a completed SMA-163.

What Information Is Required on the SMA-163 Form?

The following information is required on all SMA-163 forms submitted online:

  1. Accreditation body name
  2. Accreditation body address and contact information
  3. Responsible official name
  4. Responsible official address and contact information
  5. Purpose of the application (New, Renewal)

What Additional Documents Are Required To Be Sent With an SMA-163 Form?

The following sections detail the additional documents that are required with the online SMA-163 form.

  1. A description of evidence of the accreditation body’s nonprofit status (i.e., of fulfilling Internal Revenue Service requirements as a nonprofit organization) if the accreditation body is not a State governmental entity or political subdivision.
  2. A description of accreditation elements and a detailed discussion showing how the proposed accreditation elements will ensure that each OTP surveyed by the accreditation body is qualified to meet or is meeting each of the Federal opioid treatment standards set forth under 42 CFR § 8.12.
  3. A detailed description of the accreditation body’s decision making process, including: procedures for initiating and performing onsite accreditation surveys of OTPs, procedures for assessing OTP personnel qualifications; copies of an application for accreditation, guidelines, instructions, and other materials that the accreditation body will send to OTPs during the accreditation process; policies and procedures for notifying OTPs of deficiencies and for suspending or revoking an OTP’s accreditation; policies and procedures for ensuring the timely processing of accreditation applications, and a description of the accreditation body’s appeals process to allow OTPs to contest adverse accreditation decisions.
  4. A description of the policies and procedures established by the accreditation body to avoid conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest, by the accreditation body’s board members, commissioners, professional personnel, consultants, administrative personnel, and other representatives.
  5. A description of the education, experience, and training requirements for the accreditation body’s professional staff, accreditation survey team membership, and the identification of at least one licensed physician on the accreditation body’s staff, along with a description of the accreditation body’s training policies and survey fee schedules with supporting cost data.
  6. Assurance that the accreditation body will comply with the accreditation body responsibilities set forth under 42 CFR §8.4, including a contingency plan for investigating complaints under 42 CFR §8.4 (e).
  7. A description of the policies and procedures that the accreditation body has established to protect confidential information that the accreditation body will collect or receive in its role as an accreditation body.