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Code of Practice for Supply Diversion into Illicit Drug Manufacture



The Code of Practice for Supply Diversion into Illicit Drug Manufacture offers best practice principles to assist companies in the prevention of diversion of legitimate industrial chemicals into illicit drug manufacture.

It was first developed in 1994 by Chemistry Australia (then known as PACIA) and Science Industry Australia (SIA) in partnership with law enforcement bodies. The Code has most recently been updated in October 2008.


Due to the nature of the synthetic illicit drug trade, law enforcement and policing strategies are becoming increasingly focussed on precursor substances and equipment. Australian State and Territory Governments are responsible for providing leadership within their respective jurisdictions and legislating any proposed controls on precursor chemicals. They are also responsible for policy development, implementation and evaluation, and for the delivery of police, health and education services to reduce drug-related harm.

The Code of Practice has been used as a basis for the legislation introduced by Australian States and Territories. It lists chemicals that attract controls proportionate to the level of risk for diversion, and these are categorised into three lists.

It is important to note that compliance with the Code is voluntary, and compliance with the Code will not ensure compliance with current legislative requirements.  The relevant legislation in each jurisdiction must be consulted.

Chemistry Australia members can access additional information and related resources in the member-only Regulatory Resource Package on Chemical Diversion into Illicit Drug Manufacture.


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