Masterstudiengang "Drug Regulatory Affairs"
Import, Export, Storage and Distribution of Controlled Drugs - Regulations in UK, France, Germany ***
Dr. Caroline Alba (Abschlußjahr: 2020)
Narcotic drugs are substances with the ability to relieve pain and makes surgeries feasible. Psychotropic substances are required to treat mental and neurologic disorders. Both, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances have beside their benefit the effect of leading to addiction, misuse and abuse. But as they have such a high importance in medicine it is necessary to keep them available.
The international community represented by the United Nations created an international drug control system. The member states committed by signing the United Nations treaties of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, amended by the protocol of 1972 and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 to control the trade and traffic and ensure availability of drugs considered indispensable for medical and scientific purposes.
The Conventions must be executed by the member states and implemented in their national legislation. So, each member state has his own laws on controlling narcotic drugs and psychoactive substances based on the international Conventions.
This thesis explains the role of the different international organizations and national competent authorities involved in the subject on controlled drugs. It also explains how to classify new substances by scheduling them according to their potential on addiction, abuse and misuse. Especially the drug control laws and regulations of the European member states France, UK and Germany are illuminated on the aspects of import, export, storage and distribution. This thesis may help to guide compliant handling of controlled drugs in the abovementioned countries.