A short list of chemicals frequently used as starting materials in manufacturing drugs (called “precursor chemicals”) can only be handled by a company who has achieved a precursor licence.
Precursors are chemicals used in the manufacturing of legitimate drugs and consumer health products, but which are also abused or are used in the illegal production of street drugs. An example is pseudoephedrine. A precursor licence is governed by the Office of Controlled Substances (OCS), Controlled Substances and Precursor Chemicals division of Health Canada to ensure that drugs and controlled substances are not diverted for illegal use.
Canada has developed regulations for the import, export, production, packaging, distribution, possession and sale of such precursor chemicals. Precursor chemicals have a wide legitimate use in the production of consumer goods. For example, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, commonly used in cold and decongestant medicine, are precursor chemicals that are used to produce methamphetamine. The licence is based on quality and security protocols for the facility and personnel.
NHP Consulting will apply for the precursor licence on your behalf which will include storage security measures, annual report, completed paperwork package and achieve required import/export permits.