Lab Safety

Controlled Substances and Regulated Chemicals

Possession, storage, or use of controlled substances is regulated by the DEA and requires registration with the DEA before listed materials are obtained. Registration information is available at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/index.html

If you find materials on this list in your lab or work area, place the container in a secure area and contact your lab supervisor for assistance.

Controlled Substances list (alphabetical order)

About Controlled Substances: Section 812 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §801 et seq.) (CSA) lists substances which were controlled in 1970 when the law was enacted. Since then, approximately 160 substances have been added, removed, or transferred from one schedule to another. The current official list of controlled substances can be found in section 1308 of the most recent issue of Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1300 to end (21 CFR §1308) and the final rules which were published in the Federal Register subsequent to the issuance of the CFR. 

This list describes the basic or parent chemical and do not describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may be controlled substances. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances. Please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution. A controlled substance analogue is a substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to or is represented as being similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II substance and is not an approved medication in the United States. (See 21 U.S.C. §802(32)(A) for the definition of a controlled substance analogue and 21 U.S.C. §813 for the schedule.)

Special Surveillance List

Chemical Control Program

The mission of DEA's Chemical Control Program is to disrupt the illicit production of controlled substances by preventing diversion of chemicals used to make drugs. The production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA (ecstasy) requires enormous quantities of precursor and essential chemicals. The Chemical Control Program seeks to minimize the regulatory burden on the legitimate chemical industry while instituting effective anti-diversion policies. DEA registration, record keeping and suspicious order reporting requirements apply to importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors and certain retailers of 40 listed chemicals. Through a combination of industry outreach and voluntary compliance measures, DEA strives to control chemical diversion in partnership with industry and the public.

Page last modified March 14, 2014