The mission of DEA's Chemical Control Program is to disrupt the illicit production of controlled substances by preventing diversion of chemicals used to manufacture controlled substances. The production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA (ecstasy) requires enormous quantities of precursor and essential chemicals. The Chemical Control Program seeks to minimize the regulatory burden on the legitimate chemical industry while instituting effective anti-diversion policies. DEA registration, record keeping and suspicious order reporting requirements apply to importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors and certain retailers of 40 Listed Chemicals.
No regulatory burden exists on the MIT researcher unless they are importing or distributing listed chemicals above threshold values as determined by the DEA and Internatiional regulatory bodies. Chemical distributers (e.g. Sigma-Aldrich) may request a completed Authorized Purchaser form. The person placing the order and the PI need to sign this form and return to Sigma. Sigma will call or email the PI before the order will be released. Here is an Example Sigma-Aldrich Authorized Purchaser Form.
Regarding use of DEA Listed Chemicals, please refer to the MIT Chemical Hygiene Plan, or contact the Industrial Hygiene Program (IHP) for information pertaining to the safe handling of these chemicals. According to the MIT Chemical Hygiene Plan, access to all hazardous chemicals, including toxic substances, should be restricted. Specifically, these materials should be stored in laboratories or storerooms that are kept locked when laboratory personnel are not present.