Companies and individuals need to apply for Home Office domestic licences if they wish to produce, supply or possess controlled drugs.
What is a controlled drug?
Controlled Drugs List - updated March 2010
The drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs legislation are grouped in schedules. Anyone intending to produce, supply or possess a controlled drug must apply for the relevant licence.
Applying for a domestic licence
Anybody who applies for a domestic licence must ensure that they have read the security guidance and standard operating procedure (SOP) guidance
All Applicants named on the application form must also obtain an enchanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). Those applying to alter the conditions of an existing licence will also need to provide a CRB enchanced disclosure for each individual named on the application form.
Company licences - any company or other organisation intending to produce, supply or possess a controlled drug will need a Home Office domestic licence.
Doctors licences - doctors approved by the Department of Health to prescribe cocaine, diamorphine and dipipanone to addicts no longer need to apply for individual Home Office licences.
Please note: doctors no longer require handwriting exemptions certificates to issue computer generated prescriptions.