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Controlled Substances and Precursor Chemicals Registration


A Controlled Substance is a substance that has higher-than-average potential for abuse or addiction. In Canada, they are divided into categories based on their potential for abuse or addiction. Controlled substances range from illegal street drugs to prescription medications.

Precursor Chemicals are chemicals that are essential to the production of a controlled substance. Precursor chemicals have a wide legitimate use in the production of consumer goods such as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, flavouring agents, petroleum products, fertilizers and paints. For example, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, commonly used in cold and decongestant medicine, are precursor chemicals that are used to produce methamphetamine.

In Canada, Controlled Substances and Precursor Chemicals are regulated by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and its Regulations.

The CDSA provides control over the possession, import, export, production, distribution and sale of narcotics, controlled drugs, targeted substances, and precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of controlled substances. All regulated activities are illegal unless permitted by regulation or permission of the Minister.

To legally handle and conduct activities with controlled substances and/or precursor chemicals in Canada, companies and research organizations must first obtain a licence. The licence authorizes the organization to possess and conduct activities using only the substances stipulated by the licence. As well, the licence is site specific. This means a separate licence is required for each site where the organization is to store and handle the controlled substance. The security for keeping controlled drugs is specific to a location and the issue of a licence is dependent upon the company conforming to proper security practices as well as other criteria.

MEDERA Consulting can help your firm with the following:

Controlled Substances

  • Application for Permit to Import Controlled Drugs and Substances
  • Application for Permit to Export Controlled Drugs and Substances
  • Application for a Controlled Drugs and Substances Dealer's Licence
  • Amendment (change) of a Controlled Drugs and Substances Dealer's Licence
  • QPIC (Qualified Person in Charge) Services
  • Direction on Physical Security Requirements
  • Application for Destruction of Controlled Drugs and Substances
  • Loss & Theft Reporting to Health Canada
  • Application For An Exemption To Use A Controlled Substance For Clinical Studies
  • Application For An Exemption To Use A Controlled Substance For Scientific Purposes
  • Test Kit Registration

Precursor Chemicals

  • Application for Transit and Transhipment Permit for Class A Precursors
  • Application for Permit to Import Class A Precursors
  • Application for Permit to Export Precursors
  • Application for a Class A Precursor Licence
  • Application for a Class B Precursor Registration
  • RPIC (Registered Person in Charge) Services
  • Direction on Physical Security Requirements

Medical Marijuana

  • Application for Cultivation of a Cannabis (Marihuana) Licence for Scientific Purposes
  • Direction on Physical Security Requirements