Controlled Substances

Controlled Substance is defined as a substance listed in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule I through V, or, Penalty Group 1 through 4 of the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 481, the Texas Controlled Substance Act. Due to their potential for abuse, items identified as controlled substances are subject to extensive licensing, registration, storage, security, use and disposal requirements.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to establish responsibilities on institutions of higher education for implementing and maintaining a program for reporting information concerning controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, chemical precursors and chemical laboratory apparatus used in educational training and research activities. The Texas A&M University System’s requirements conform with the DEA and DPS mandates for the use of controlled substances in research. Individual principal investigators are responsible for aspects of ordering, storing, recording and using controlled substances in their research program. Institutions should provide assistance and monitoring for the use of regulated drugs and precursors in Research. The responsible individual shall provide the institution an updated list of all controlled substances license holders, the types of controlled substances utilized, and the laboratory where these substances are used and stored.


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