Launched in 2016, INCB Learning is one of the Board's initiatives to assist Member States in implementing the recommendations of the UNGASS outcome document and the INCB Availability Report (2015). INCB Learning addresses the barriers to adequate availability of indispensable narcotic and psychotropic substances required for medical treatments, particularly by raising awareness and providing training.

Up to October 2019, INCB Learning trained 237 officials from 88 countries and territories.

It implemented a total of:

  • 8 regional training seminars,
  • 3 national availability workshops,
  • 3 e-learning modules.

INCB is the repository of the global data on the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for pain management and mental health treatment. This data is reported by Member States as established by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and subsequent resolutions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

Countries report statistics on their consumption, cultivation and production of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for the past calendar year, and their estimated needs for such substances for the next calendar year. This information is verified based on the trade data reported by all trading countries on a quarterly basis.

INCB Learning supports countries and territories in improving their monitoring and reporting performance and their capacity to estimate their requirements of controlled substances for medical needs, enabling them to facilitate availability and access for these purposes.

Regional seminars are organised to provide targeted training on the implementation of the international drug control conventions with a focus on capacity-building and exchange of best practices among countries.

The seminars organised so far are listed below. Click on the links for information on each seminar.

National awareness-raising workshops facilitate the dialogue between governments, international organisations, partner countries and civil society to find ways to improve access to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical use.

The workshops organised so far are listed below. Click on the links below for more information.

To support Governments to adequately estimate and assess their needs for internationally controlled substances, three e-learning modules were developed for use of competent national authorities:

  • The Estimates System for Narcotic Drugs
  • The Assessment System for Psychotropic Substances
  • Estimates of Annual Legitimate Requirements (ALRs) for Imports of Precursors of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants

The modules are free of charge and available upon request to staff members of competent national authorities. Requests for access can be sent to

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INCB Learning coordinates with and receives inputs from a wide range of partners, including competent national authorities, regional bodies and international organizations. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regularly contribute substantive inputs during training activities.

INCB Learning has been made possible so far through the generous contributions of the Governments of Australia, Belgium, France, the Russian Federation, Thailand and the United States of America. Further support from Member States is required to sustain and expand project activities.

Guidelines for use of competent national authorities:

These guidelines include a Guide on Estimating Requirements for Substances under International Control developed by INCB and WHO.

Tools and resources on narcotic drugs:

Tools and resources on psychotropic substances:

Tools and resources on precursor chemicals:

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