DEA Chemical Purchases-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, June 4, 2012

DEA Chemical Purchases

Have you tried to order a particular chemical only to find the supplier needed a form signed before they would process the order?  This may be due to the chemical being on a list of controlled materials prepared by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  These materials are on the list as they may be used in the manufacture of illegal substances, so controlling them is important.

Here is the process to get your chemical:  Fill in the form provided to you by the supplier, indicating the use you plan for the materials.  I am authorized to attest to the supplier that the material is to be used solely for research and no other reason.  With the information you provide about your process, I can make that attestation by signing the form. 

While certain drugs themselves are on the list, some not-too-uncommon chemicals are as well, such as iodine.  So if you run up against this little snag in your ordering process, now you know what to do!

By: Mark Banister,, 8.1493