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Chemical Handler's Manual

A Guide to Chemical Control Regulations

Chuck Rosenberg
Acting Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration

Louis J.Milione
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Diversion Control Division

Jim Arnold
Acting Chief
Liaison and Policy Section

This manual was prepared by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division, to assist those persons who handle scheduled listed chemical products and List I and II chemicals in understanding the Federal Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations as they pertain to regulated chemicals.

This manual replaces all previous editions of the Chemical Handler's Manual issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration, both hard copy and electronic.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION I – INTRODUCTION

Disclaimer
Authorization for Public Dissemination
Message from the Deputy Assistant Administrator
Preface

SECTION II – DEFINITIONS

SECTION III – REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Who Must Register
Factors Used by the DEA in Approving List I Chemical Applications
Exceptions to Registration
Waiver of Registration Requirement for Certain Activities
Exemption of Law Enforcement Personnel
Registration Exemption for Regulated Sellers of Scheduled Listed Chemical Products (SLCP)
Registration Exemption for Mail-Order Distributors of Scheduled Listed Chemical Products (SLCP)
Separate Registration for Independent Activities
Separate Registration for Separate Locations
Application Process
On-Site Inspection
Certificate of Registration
Renewal of Chemical Registration
Modification of Registration
Transfer of Registration
Termination of Registration
Suspension or Revocation of Registration

SECTION IV – SECURITY

Basic Security Requirements
"Know Your Customer" Policy
Proof of Identity

SECTION V – RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS

Persons Required to Keep Records
Contents of Regulated Transaction Records
Location and Availability of Records
Maintenance of Records
End Use Exception

SECTION VI – REPORTS TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION

What Must be Reported
Bulk Manufacturers' Reports
Reports of Mail-Order Sales
Exemptions from Reporting Requirements

SECTION VII – IMPORTS, EXPORTS, INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTIONS, AND TRANSSHIPMENTS

Required Forms for Importation or Exportation of Listed Chemicals (DEA Form 486 or 486A)
Requirements for Importation of Listed Chemicals
Information Required for the Import Declaration (DEA Form 486 and 486A)
Special Requirements for Imports of Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine
Return Declarations for Imports of Listed Chemicals
Requirements for Exportation of Listed Chemicals
Information Required for the Export Declaration (DEA Form 486)
Return Declarations for Exports of Listed Chemicals
Declared Exports that are Refused
Special Policy Regarding Exports of Certain Chemicals to Colombia
Disqualification of Waiver
Suspension of Shipments
Transshipment through the United States
International Transactions
Information Required for International Transactions – DEA Form 486
Return Declarations for International Transactions
Imports/Exports of Tableting/Encapsulating Machines
Declared Exports of Tableting and Encapsulating Machines that are Refused

SECTION VIII – QUOTAS FOR EPHEDRINE, PSEUDOEPHEDRINE, AND PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE

Background
Import Quotas
Manufacturing Quotas
Procurement Quotas
Certification of Quotas

SECTION IX – RETAIL SALES OF SCHEDULED LISTED CHEMICAL PRODUCTS

Part 1: Background

Part 2: Requirements for Both Regulated Sellers and Mail-Order Distributors

Self-Certification Requirements
How to Self-Certify
Self-Certification Training Materials
Orders to Show Cause
Suspension Pending Final Order

Part 3: Requirements for Regulated Sellers

Employment Measures
Proof of Identity Requirements for Regulated Sellers
General Logbook Requirements
Logbook Requirements for Seller
Warning Notice
Logbook Requirements for Purchaser
Recordkeeping Requirements for Logbooks
Privacy Protections
Sales Limits at Retail
Storage Requirements

Part 4: Requirements for Mail-Order Distributors

Proof of Identity Requirements for Mail-Order Distributors
Sales Limits for Mail-Order Distributors
Reports of Mail-Order Sales of SLCPs

APPENDICES

 

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