January 2023 Controlled Drug legislation round up


December and January saw no let up with several countries adding or rescheduling existing substances and updating there lists of controlled substances, many just a few days before Christmas.


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 during December and January we can't include them all here, just a few of the highlights. 



With the issuance of a ruling on the 23rd of December, the Drug Enforcement Administration have removed fenfluramine (chemical name: N-ethyl-a-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenethylamine), including its salts, stereoisomers from the schedules of the Controlled Substances Act. Prior to the effective date of this rule, fenfluramine was a schedule IV controlled substance.

It also announced plans to publish a temporary order to schedule five synthetic benzodiazepine substances (Etizolam, Flualprazolam, Clonazolam, Flubromazolam, Diclazepam) on or after January 23, 2023

A new amendment makes 4 additions to Schedule 2 of the Betäubungsmittelgesetz (BtMG) (Narcotics Act); Brorphine, 3-Chloromethcathinone, Eutylone, Metonitazene

In 2 new amendments 7 substances have been added as controlled substances in Table I  - CUMYL-1Cl-CHSINACA, CUMYL-INACA, MDMB-5Br-INACA, 1-(5-Methyl-2-thienyl)propan-2-amine, CH-FUBIACA, CH-PIACA, CUMIL-CHSINACA

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) has been made a List II controlled substance. Full information on this subject here. Note: this official factsheet states ‘The prohibition on actions with nitrous oxide, as described in Article 3 of the Opium Act, does not apply if this substance is intended for technical purposes or as a food additive’

4 individual substances have been added to directory D, 2 individual substances were added to directory B, 7 individual substances were moved from directory E to directories B and D, and 3 individual substances were added to directory F. More details can be found here 

In an amendment to the Regulation (1999: 58) banning certain hazardous goods Flubrotizolam has been added as a new controlled substance under the Regulation (1999: 58) banning certain hazardous goods. This is act is often used in Sweden to temporarily control drug before they are added to the main controlled drug regulation, as has happened below. 
In an amendment to Swedish Medical Products Agency's regulations (LVFS 2011:10) the following changes are made; - N-ethylheptedrone, 3F-alpha-PiHP, 4Cl-Alpha-PVP, MPHP, 4F-3-Methyl-Alpha-PVP which were previously controlled under hazardous substances legislation will be a controlled substance under the lists of narcotics starting 14.02.2023
In addition the following substances have been added to the list of narcotics Alpha-D2PV, MDPiHP, N-Ethyl-2C-B, Butonitazene, Flunitazene and Metodesnitazene


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