Precursor Control Authority

In general terms, Precursor chemicals are defined as the compounds required in synthetic or extraction processes of drug production, and incorporated into drug molecules. Because many legitimate precursor chemicals are also necessary in the processing and synthesis of most illicitly produced drugs such as cocaine and heroin, preventing the diversion of these chemicals from legitimate commerce to illicit drug manufacturing is identified as a major duty of any responsible government. Often the governments place restrictions on the purchase of large quantities of chemicals that can be used in the production of illicit drugs. Since numerous chemicals listed as illicit drug precursors are manufactured throughout the globe, International cooperation in conjunction with a comprehensive chemical control strategy is essential for chemical control policies to succeed.

Objective behind the establishment of the PCA

In the Sri Lankan context, Precursor chemicals are widely used in the manufacture of a variety of daily necessities such as Chemicals, Paints, Dyes, Perfumes, Cosmetics, Medicine and Explosives apart from their utilization in the manufacturing process of industry based products such as Plastic, Rubber and even in Agriculture.

It has been identified that these precursor chemicals which make an immense contribution towards the economic development is being utilized illegitimately for the production of illicit drugs and this trend appears to be developing at an alarming rate throughout the country and the world as well. Consequently the present government has taken measures to establish an Authority of this sort with the intention of preventing and restricting such illicit activities.

Duties of the Precursor Control Authority

The duties of the Authority are cited in the *Section 19 of the Act No .1 of 2008 and are primarily as follows.

   1. Monitoring to ensure proper transport, distribution, storage, safeguarding and usage of aforementioned chemicals and supervision of the premises where such activities are carried out.

   2. Registration and issue of licenses for the individuals / institutions and premises where foregoing activities are carried out upon proper supervision.

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Form 1 Application for Obtaining an Importer License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 2 Application for Renewal of an Importer License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 3 Application for Amendment to the Importer License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 4 Application for Obtaining an Exporter License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 5 Application for Renewal of an Exporter License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 6 Application for Amendment to the Exporter License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 7 Quarterly Returns English Sinhala Tamil
Form 8 Application for Obtaining an End User License English Sinhala Tamil
Form 9 Application for Renewal as an End User English Sinhala Tamil
Form 10 Application for Amendments as an End User English Sinhala Tamil
Form 11 Application for Registration as a Dealer Under English Sinhala Tamil
Form 12 Application for Renewal as a Dealer English Sinhala Tamil
Form 13 Application for Amendment as a Dealer English Sinhala Tamil
Form 14 Application for Registration of the Premises English Sinhala Tamil
Form 15 Application for Renewal of the Premises English Sinhala Tamil
Form 16 Application for Amendments of the Premises English Sinhala Tamil

Precursor chemicals

The chemicals listed in the *table I and II of the first schedule to the Conventions Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No. 1 of 2008, are defined as such.

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Ser No Chemical Name HS Code CAS No
01 Acetic Anhydride 2915.24 108-24-7
02 N-Acetylanthranillic acid 292423 89-52-1
03 Ephedrine 2939.41 299-42-3
04 Ergometrine 2939.61 60-79-7
05 Ergotamine 2939.62 113-15-5
06 Isosafrole 2932.91 120-58-1
07 Lysergic acid 2939.63 82-58-6
08 3,4-Methylenediosyphenyl 2932.92 4676-39-5
09 Norephedrine 2939.49 154-41-6
10 1-Pheny1-2-propanone 2914.31 103-79-7
11 Piperonal 2932.93 120-57-0
12 Potassium permanganate 2941.61 7722-64-7
13 Pseudoephedrine 2939.42 90-82-4
14 Safrole 2932.94 94-59-7
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Ser No Chemical Name HS Code CAS No
01 Acetone 2914.11 67-64-1
02 Anthranillic acid 2922.43 118-92-3
03 Ethyl ether 2909.11 60-29-7
04 Hydrochloric acid 2806.10 7647-01-0
05 Methyl ethyl ketone 2914.12 78-93.3
06 Phenylacetic acid 2916.34 103-82-2
07 Piperidine 2933.32 110-89.4
08 Sulphuric acid 2807.00 7664-93-9
09 Toluene 2902.30 108-88-3

Regulations

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Expansion of the Act No. 1 of 2008

United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 and Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971 can be inferred as major outcomes of the attempt made at the international level to prevent the illicit traffic and consumption of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The United Nations Convention against illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances, 1988, which was signed at Vienna on 10th December 1988 can be considered as an extension of the foregoing conventions.

Furthermore Sri Lanka being a partyto the aforementioned 1988 UN Convention and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1990, imposed the Act No. 1 of 2008 in order to empower the aforesaid international law as domestic law.

Apart from that it has been published precisely under “the Establishment of Precursor Control Authority Regulations, No. 1 of 2010”, the types of licences and registration certificates issued by the Authority and the procedure to be followed in order to apply for these.

Section 18 of the Act No. 1 of 2008

The minister shall appoint a person or a body of persons as the Precursor Control Authority (herein after referred to as “the Authority”) who shall be charged with the responsibility of administering the provisions of this part of this Act. The Authority shall implement within Sri Lanka, in respect of the substances specified in Table I and Table II of the first schedule to the Act, such measures as are required for monitoring the manufacture and distribution of the aforesaid substances as required by the provisions of the 1988 United Nations Convention in such manner as shall be prescribed by regulations made under the Act.

*Precursor Control Authority Regulations, No.1 of 2010

Regulations made by the President under Section 31 read with Sections 18 and 19 of the Conventions Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Act, No. 1 of 2008 read with paragraph (2) of Article 44 of the Constitution, which was published by an Extraordinary Gazette dated 04th May 2010.

*The member composition of Precursor Control Authority

The Precursor Control Authority shall consist of -

(i)   The Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board ;

(ii)   The Attorney- General or his nominee ;

(iii)   The Inspector General of Police or his nominee ;

(iv)   The Director of the Police Narcotic Bureau or his nominee ;

(v)   The Director - General, Sri Lanka Customs or his nominee ;

(vi)   The Commissioner- General of Excise or his nominee ;

(vii)   Government Analyst or his nominee ;

(viii)   The Director of Medical Supplies Division of Ministry of Health or his nominee ;

(ix)   The Director of Medical Technology and Supplies or his nominee ;

(x)   The Director - General of Board of Investment of Sri Lanka or his nominee ;

(xi)   The Director - General of Central Environmental Authority or his nominee ;

(xii)   The Secretary of Ministry of Industrial Development (currently Ministry of Industry and Commerce) or his nominee ;

(xiii)   The Controller of Imports and Exports or his nominee ;

(xiv)   The Commissioner for Ayurveda or his nominee ;

(xv)   The Chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka or his nominee ;

(xvi)   The President of Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry or his nominee ;

(xvii)   The Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation of Sri Lanka or his nominee.

Chargers

Import

Form 1 Obtaining a License for Import Rs. 5,000.00
Form 2 Renewal of a License for Import Rs. 4,500.00
Form 3 Amendment of a License for Import Rs. 2,000.00

Export

Form 4 Obtaining a License for Export Rs. 5,000.00
Form 5 Renewal of a License for Export Rs. 4,500.00
Form 6 Amendment of a License for Export Rs. 2,000.00

Endusers

Form 8 Obtaining a License for  Enduser Rs. 1,500.00
Form 9 Renewal of a License for  Enduser Rs. 1,000.00
Form 10 Amendments of a License for  Enduser Rs. 500.00

Dealers

Form 11 Registration of  Dealers Rs. 4,000.00
Form 12 Renewal of a Dealer  Certificate Rs. 3,500.00
Form 13 Amendment of  a Dealer Certificate Rs. 1,500.00

Premises

Form 14 Registration of the Premises Rs. 5,000.00
Form 15 Renewal of  the Premises Rs. 4,500.00
Form 16 Amendments of the Premises Rs. 2,000.00

Checklist

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