Precursor Chemicals


There are 23 precursor chemicals under EU intra-community and third country control.
The main legislation is
Certain domestic arrangements and penalties are contained in
These are explained in a memorandum (PDF 109KB) issued by the Home Office


All domestic licensing, registration, import and export licensing is administered by Drugs Licensing at the Home Office, London see
Please telephone them on 020 7035 0480 for further guidance.
The Chemical Control Team has issued a useful summary  of the main requirements which can be found by selecting the
There are Chemical Liaison Officers in the Police Service for Northern Ireland.  
The Control of Explosives Precursors etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014Link to an external website came into force on 2 September 2014. The Regulations were introduced to ensure that Northern Ireland complies with Regulation (EU) 98/2013Link to an external website on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, while maintaining the existing explosives precursors controls that have been in place since the 1970s. Some of the substances being controlled have legitimate uses and it is important that this legislation permits this while protecting against misuse.
In general terms, the legislation introduces a licensing scheme, requires additional labelling, and mandates reporting of suspicious activity with regards to certain named substances.
The Northern Ireland Office has provided detailed guidance on this legislation (including FAQs) which may be found at to an external website
Any queries on this legislation should be made in writing to:
Protective Security Unit
Stormont House Annexe
Stormont Estate
or by email to or by telephone to 028 9076 5159

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