February 2023 Controlled Drug legislation round up


February 2023 has seen several regulatory updates relating to controlled drugs as well as explosive precursors and the rotterdam convention.


Below is a brief summary and highlights of some of the countries we monitor and encode in Controlled Substances Squared. The solution that allows you to easily and automatically check if your chemicals are regulated or controlled - even novel and propriatory chemicals




Due to the number and complexity of updates we can't include them all here, just a few of the highlights. 


United Nations 
A new version of the UN INCB Red List has just been published – the list of precursors and chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under International Control. There are three additions, 4-AP, 1-boc-4-AP and Norfentanyl. All three substances are already in CS2 due to their addition being previously announced by the INCB.

United Kingdom
The Control of Explosives Precursors and Poisons Regulations 2023 makes amendments to the Poisons Act 1972, adding 4 Regulated Explosives Precursors -  Ammonium nitrate (Currently controlled as a Reportable Explosive precursor), Hexamine (Currently controlled as a Reportable Explosive precursor), Hydrochloric acid and Phosphoric acid.

The UK government have also responded to its Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) on the scheduling of all chemicals related to 2-benzyl benzimidazole and piperidine benzimidazolone related chemicals. You can read more of this here, including the steps Scitegrity are taking to assess the likely impact.

In a new amendment to the Narcotic Regulations, the following are added as controlled narcotics; Brorphin, Metonitazen, Eutylon, 3-Chlor-Methcathinon and 3-Methyl-Methcathinon

A new amendment adds 3 newly controlled substances to the following schedules
UN Psychotropics List I - 3-MMC  3-CMC 
UN Psychotropics List IV • Eutilone

Rotterdam Convention
The fungicide Iprodione and pesticide Terbufos are candidate chemicals that have been recommended by the Chemicals Review Committee (CRC) for listing in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention in its seventeenth meeting.

The following 8 new substances have been added to List B: alpha-PiHP, Etonitazepyne, 3-HO-PCE, 3-Me-2-oxo-PCE, 2-Methyl-AP-237, MXiPr and MXPr. The following 4 new substances have been added to List E: Adinazolam, Bromazolam, Desalkylgidazepam and Flubrotizolam.

The European Union
The EU has declared five substances as Category 1 drug precursors; - Diethyl (phenylacetyl) propanedioate (DEPAPD) - Ethyl 3-(2H-1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-methyloxirane-2-carboxylate (PMK ethyl glycidate) - N-phenylpiperidin-4-amine (4-AP) - Tert-Butyl 4-anilinopiperidine-1-carboxylate (1-boc-4-AP) - N-phenyl-N-(piperidin-4-yl) propenamide (norfentanyl) and Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 have been amended accordingly.


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