DEA Controlled Substance Regulations
Schedule I Controlled Substances
Schedule II Controlled Substances
Schedule III Controlled Substances
Schedule IV Controlled Substances
Schedule V Controlled Substances
The DEA controlled substance regulations cover:
Registration – Registering with the DEA and obtaining a DEA license is mandatory if you intend to work with controlled substances. The process is complex and failure to comply with any of the requirements allows the DEA to declare the application as defective. Moreover, registrants have to renew their license on a regular basis. This extends to veterinary DEA regulations as well.
Record keeping – Controlled substance regulations involve a minefield of documentation such as forms, receipts, invoices, inventory records, etc. You will have to account for each and every scheduled drug, preserve the records for a minimum period of two years and keep them readily available for DEA review upon request. Maintaining complete, accurate and up-to-date records remains a highly complicated process with scope for a lot of inadvertent errors.
Reporting –As a DEA registrant, you will have to regularly transmit copies of the order forms to the DEA. The controlled substance regulations also require you to report any kind of thefts, significant loss and suspicious orders. Information about transfers and disposal of the scheduled drugs has to be submitted to the federal agency as well.
Security – It is mandatory to establish effective security measures to prevent theft and diversion of controlled substances from your premises. The controls include physical security requirements, limiting access to specifically authorized employees, etc.
Non-compliance with the DEA controlled substance regulations will invite disciplinary action like warning letters, fines or revoking the registration. Serious violations can lead to criminal proceedings and imprisonment.
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