Statutory Instruments

1999 No. 1403


The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations 1999


17th May 1999

Laid before Parliament

26th May 1999

Coming into force

1st July 1999

In pursuance of sections 10(2)(a) and 31 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971(1), after consultation with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the Secretary of State hereby makes the following Regulations:

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 and shall come into force on 1st July 1999.

2.—(1) The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973(2) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 1, after paragraph 3 there shall be added the following paragraph:

4.  Any preparation or other product consisting of one or more component parts, any of which contains a controlled drug, where–

(a)the preparation or other product is not designed for administration of the controlled drug to a human being or animal;

(b)the controlled drug in any component part is packaged in such a form, or in combination with any other active or inert substances in such a manner, that it cannot be recovered by readily applicable means or in a yield which constitutes a risk to health; and

(c)no one component part of the product or preparation contains more than one milligram of the controlled drug or one microgram in the case of lysergide or any other N-alkyl derivative of lysergamide..

George Howarth

Minister of State

Home Office

17th May 1999

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 in respect of certain products which are used for scientific and diagnostic purposes and which contain an extremely small amount and proportion of controlled drugs. The products in question are exempted from regulations 14 and 18 to 24 of the 1985 Regulations (which relate to documentation, labelling and record-keeping) and the security requirements of the 1973 Regulations.


S.I. 1973/798; Schedule 1 was amended by S.I. 1984/1146, 1985/2067 and 1986/2332.