Chemical Import Rule Revisions Proposed
The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to revise its existing regulations that manage the quotas for controlled substances and list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine held by DEA-registered manufacturers. The DEA states that this rule would apply to importers of list 1 chemicals as well as bulk and dosage-form manufacturers.
Among other things, this proposed rule would make the following changes.
- define import quotas and other types of quotas
- formalize the current reporting practice for abandoning quota
- provide that both manufacturers and distributors are required to obtain certification of a buyer’s quota
- reduce the allowable individual inventory held by both bulk and dosage-form manufacturers of controlled substances in schedules I and II and list 1 chemicals
- formalize the practice of use-specific subcategories for individual manufacturing and
procurement quotas, including for commercial sales, transfer, product development, replacement, and packaging and labeling
- modify deadlines for fixing or establishing the different types of quotas to allow more time for processing and communicating with applicants
Comments on this rule are due by Dec. 23.