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Import Restrictions Adopted on Range of Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule requiring persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of 29 specified chemical substances for an activity designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify the EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. Importers must certify that shipments of these substances comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act, including any SNUR requirements. In addition, any persons who export or intend to export these substances are subject to the export notification provisions of 15 USC 2611(b) and must comply with the export notification requirements in 40 CFR part 707, subpart D.

This rule will be effective as of 18 December. If the EPA receives written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit such comments, by 20 November it will withdraw the relevant sections of this rule before 18 December.

Separately, the Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an order that temporarily schedules the following synthetic opioids into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act.

  • N-(2-fluorophenyl)-N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)propionamide (ortho-fluorofentanyl or 2-fluorofentanyl)
  • N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenyltetrahydrofuran-2-carboxamide (tetrahydrofuranyl fentanyl)
  • 2-methoxy-N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylacetamide (methoxyacetyl fentanyl)

As a result, these substances are subject to the regulatory controls and administrative, civil and criminal sanctions applicable to the manufacture, distribution, reverse distribution, importation, exportation, possession or conduct of research, instructional activities or chemical analysis of schedule I controlled substances. This order entered into force on 26 October and will remain in place for two years, with a possible extension of one year, pending completion of the permanent scheduling process.

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