By Little Pro on 2016-01-07 Views: Update:2018-02-09
The United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 entered into force on November 11, 1990. This Convention provides comprehensive measures against drug trafficking, including provisions against money laundering and the diversion of precursors chemicals.
In this article, we will focus on drug precursor chemicals. The table below gives you an overview of the Convention.
Article 12 of the Convention establishes two categories of controlled illicit drug precursor substances, Table I and Table II. Generally Table I chemicals are more critical to the production of controlled substances than are those in the Table II, therefore provisions concerning these substances are more rigorous.
It shall be noted that:
The Convention requires that Parties take the measures to prevent diversion of substances listed in Table I and Table II and monitor the manufacture and distribution of substances in Table I and Table II.
Parties to the Convention have their own national regulations to control drug precursors (for example, China). Usually, the production, possession and import/export of listed chemicals require licenses. In addition to that, the manufacture and transaction of listed chemicals shall be documented and reported to national authorities (if required). Business operators need to check their own legislation for detailed requirements.