Controlled Substances

The Office of Controlled Substances works in collaboration with Canadian and international stakeholders in the public and private sectors to ensure that controlled substances are handled effectively and remain in legal distribution channels; and that valid commercial, medical and scientific activities are not interfered with.

The following pages will be of use to chemical, pharmaceutical, food and research organizations requiring licencing and permits to obtain, make, store or transport controlled substances.

Similar pages are devoted specifically to the licences and permits for Precursor Chemicals. All legislative documents related to controlled substances are contained in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act , and Parts G and J of the Food and Drugs Act . Canadian legislation has been developed in compliance with the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 as amended by 1972 Protocol, and the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971. The international conventions and related articles and schedules can be found on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) website.

Application Forms

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