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 Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes 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. Every person that engages in research with controlled substances must be registered with both U.S. DEA and state DPS, unless exempted by law. Registrants are responsible for procuring, maintaining security, keeping records, and disposing of controlled substances in accordance with federal and state regulations and rules.
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.
US DEA List of Controlled Substances
Controlled Substances Registration with Texas Department of Public Safety
MOU between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board