Companies and individuals in England, Wales or Scotland need to apply for Home Office licences if they wish to produce, supply, possess, import or export controlled drugs.
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Licensing replacement programme update
Licence holders should be aware that the final phase of the licence replacement project has now launched. The project phases ran for the following dates:
COMMUNICATIONS: 01 January 2012 - 31 March 2012
PHASE 1 (2007 licences): 02 April 2012 - 30 June 2012
PHASE 2 (2008 licences): 31 July 2012 - 31 October 2012
PHASE 3 (2009 licences): 01 November 2012 - 31 January 2013
PHASE 4 (2010 licences): 01 December 2012 - 28 February 2013
If you hold an open ended licence issued between 2007-2010, time is running out to have it replaced with a new, time limited replacement. If you hold an open ended licence and have not yet applied for replacement, you should do so as soon as possible or email us at LicenceReplacementProgramme@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to discuss making an application. Failure to renew could result in you being treated as a new applicant if you subsequently apply for a licence, or even put you at risk of trading unlawfully if you continue to handle controlled drugs.
New payment line phone number
From 6 August 2012 licensees who wish to pay for their licence fees by card will need to call the SSC payment line on the new number: 0845 010 0125. More fees information is on the drug licensing fees page.
Published 19 July 2012
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