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Updated Import Rules Proposed for Controlled Substances and Listed Chemicals

The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to update its regulations for the importation and exportation of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances and listed chemicals as summarised below. Comments on this proposed rule are due no later than 17 October.

  • mandating the electronic submission of all permit applications and other required filings and reports associated with the importation or exportation of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances and listed chemicals
  • mandating the electronic submission of all reports associated with the unusual or excessive loss or disappearance of a listed chemical, domestic regulated transactions in tableting or encapsulating machines, and mail order transactions of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine or gammahydroxybutyric acid
  • integrating DEA procedures related to the importation and exportation of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances and listed chemicals with the International Trade Data System
  • specifying that all controlled substance and listed chemical declarations expire in 180 calendar days, consistent with controlled substance import/export permits (if release by a customs officer will occur more than 180 calendar days after the declaration is deemed filed, the declarant would have to submit a new declaration for the transaction)
  • establishing mandatory filing of return information for imports and exports of controlled substances and tableting and encapsulating machines
  • allowing for re-exportation of controlled substances among members of the European Economic Area
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