Precursors, List 1 and 2 Chemicals
Precursors, List 1 and List 2 Chemicals
Although you do not need a DEA license to procure these material they are still regulated and require additional approval processes.
- About Precursors and List 1 and List 2 Chemicals
- There are substances which are known to be used in the illegal manufacturing of illicit drugs or controlled substances as a result the sale and distribution of these is regulated.
Some of these chemicals are designated within the Controlled Substance Act and are identified as List 1 or List 2 substances. The U.S. Attorney General can modify these lists as the illegal manufacturing practices change. It is the role of the Drug Enforcement Administration to publish are enforce these lists.
- Substances Under These Categories
- You can look to see if the substance you are interested in purchasing is a regulated material at the following links. Please note these list are update a least annually and are subject to change.
- List 1 and List 2
- California Precursors
- Suppliers of these substances are subject to regulations and control measures.
As a purchaser you are considered an "end user" and are not subject to these regulations unless you plan to manufacture, supply or distribute these materials. Suppliers may request additional information from you such as a letter of intent or may be required to hold you material for a certain time frame before shipping.
In California you are required to have an importer permit (for each individual substances) the material is sent from an out of state distribution center. As a result we recommend that you purchase from an instate supplier such as Spectrum Chemicals.
- Purchasing From Instate Supplier Spectrum Chemicals
- You can purchase these regulated chemicals from an instate supplier such as Spectrum Chemicals
Compliance paper work required by spectrum chemicals:
- Spectrum QAF481 Form (Instructions for how to complete)
- Letter of Intended Use (Template for UCLA) please send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you purchase precursor chemicals (List I & List II) register with us:
- Purchasing From a Supplier Out Of State
If you desire to purchase regulated substances from a supplier out side of the state of California you may do so by applying for a permit from the Controlled Chemical Substance Program (CCSP).
You can submit you inquires to:
Department Of Justice, Bureau of Investigation
Controlled Chemical Substance Program (CCSP)
4949 Broadway Suite E-119
Sacramento, California 95820
Phone: (916) 210-4313
EFax: (916) 731-2131
Email Address: CCSP@doj.ca.gov
The indicated permit can be used both within and outside of the state of California once granted.
You are required to acquire a precursor chemical permit for each precursor chemical to be used and there is a fee per permit.
- Records, Inventory and Responsibilities
What records should you maintain and for how long?
Procurement records (2 years):
- purchase order
- receipt document (i.e. packing slip)
- copes of letter if intent or other compliance documents requested by supplier
Inventory records- you should be able to demonstrate when the material was received, when it was discarded or when it was used.
Who is responsible for the records?
Principal Investigators are responsible for:
- ensuring the maintenance of appropriate records
- reporting any unusual or excessive loss or disappearance of a listed chemical to the Controlled Substance Program
Users are responsible for:
- ensuring that the material is used as indicated in the letter of intent, material can not be transferred to another lab.
- reporting any unusual or excessive loss or disappearance of a listed chemical to their PI and/or the Controlled Substance Program
Once the precursor chemical is received by the lab "end user" it can not be distributed/transferred to another group for use. If material is transferred the lab is no longer considered an end user and is subject to regulations associated with regulated persons such as manufactures.