INCB Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran

An INCB mission visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 18 to 20 May 2015. The mission was led by Dr. Viroj Sumyai, member of the Board, accompanied by Mr. Nodirjon Ibragimov, from the INCB Secretariat. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a party to the three international drug control conventions and the purpose of the mission was to discuss the efforts of the country in the implementation of those conventions. The previous mission of the Board to the Islamic Republic of Iran took place in September 2003.

The mission held discussions with senior officials of the Drug Control Headquarters, the Office of Prosecutor General, the National Centre for Addiction Studies, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the Food and Drug Organization, the Anti-Narcotics Police and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The mission also visited drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation facilities in the country.

The issues addressed during the mission focused on efforts of the Government in addressing drug abuse and trafficking, the Government's cooperation with the INCB, and measures taken by the Government to control narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors. The mission also discussed the availability of controlled substances for medical needs, policies to reduce illicit demand for drugs as well as treatment and rehabilitation.

The findings of the mission will be discussed by the Board at its 114 th session to be held in November 2015, and the results will be reflected in the 2015 INCB Annual Report, to be published in early 2016.

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