The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Amendment Order, 2019

Oct 15, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Ministry of Finance on October 14, 2019, notifies the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Amendment Order, 2019 to further amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Order, 2013.

The amendments made in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Order, 2013 are:-

 Clause 4(1) related to “Prohibition of manufacture, trade and commerce, possession and consumption of controlled substance in Schedule A” has been substituted, namely:-

“No person shall manufacture, distribute, sell, purchase, possess, store, consume, offer for sale or distribution or mediate in the sale or purchase through website, social media or in any other manner of any controlled substance included in Schedule-A, without a unique registration number in Form-A, issued by the Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau”.

 In Clause 4(5), the following proviso has been inserted, namely:-

“Provided that the requirement of maintenance of daily accounts is not applicable to persons who do not manufacture, distribute, sell, purchase, possess, store or consume controlled substances”.

 Clause 4(6) has been substituted, namely:-

“Every person who has been registered under sub-clause (1) shall file quarterly return in Form-E, Form-F, or Form-L, as the case may be, to the concerned Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau having jurisdiction over the area”;

 A new FORM-L related to quarterly return for inquires hosted or dealt by broker or B2B portals for controlled substances in Schedule-A has been inserted.

This Order will come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette that is October 14, 2019.

[Notification No.: G.S.R. 779(E)]


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