One of the most important business management challenges for chemistry departments in the global life sciences industry is dealing with controlled substance compliance. Controlled substances are compounds which are subject to legislation for their production, import/export, supply, use, possession and disposal – for example, narcotics, psychotropic drugs, explosives, hazardous materials and toxic agents. The production and handling of these substances is highly regulated, due to concerns about their negative effect on human health and the environment.

Legislation at local, national and international levels is becoming increasingly complex, as well as varying widely in its form and the frequency of updates. R&D departments of pharmaceutical companies and other life sciences organisations are among those who must comply.

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