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The basis for precursor control is to be found in the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances adopted in Vienna on 19 December 1988.

UN Convention

Article 12 of the Convention specifically covers ‘substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances’ and requires that countries implement measures to control and monitor the legitimate trade in drug precursors as an essential way to prevent their diversion.

EU legislation

EU legislation implements this convention through:

The main features of relevance to the operators are summarised in the table of guidelines.

The rules for the implementation of the above-mentioned Regulations are contained in:

On 30 November 2020 the European Commission adopted Report COM (2020) 768 final on the evaluation of the EU drug precursors regulations:

Evaluation of the EU drug precursors regulation