The DEA strictly regulates controlled substances (drugs) and precursor chemicals (chemicals used to make drugs). To find out if your chemical is regulated, view the drug list and the drug precursor list.
List I and list II drug precursors may be difficult to obtain under certain circumstances. You will need to purchase your material from an in-state vendor. Contact your vendor to find out what kind of information or documentation they require.
If your chemical is a drug, proceed as follows:
You must obtain a DEA permit prior to ordering or working with drugs such as ketamine, steroids, all forms of barbital etc. To see if a chemical is a drug, look at the DEA "List of Controlled Substances". If your chemical is on the list, note the Schedule number and drug code as you may need it on the application.
Fill out an online DEA Application for Registration form 225.
Write a use-protocol for your drug, consisting of the following, written in layman's terms as much as possible. The inspectors must be able to understand this protocol.
A user-friendly document has been prepared by one of our faculty describing the process including a time line and what documents to have ready for the DEA site visit. DEA information requested.