Special event on implementing the scheduling decisions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna, 6 June 2017 - The INCB secretariat participated at a Special Event on implementing the scheduling decisions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, on the occasion of the third intersessional meeting of the sixtieth session of the Commission.

Addressing the event, Mr. Stefano Berterame, Chief of the Narcotics Control and Estimates Section of the INCB secretariat, emphasized that once the scheduling of the new substances takes effect (according to the different time-frames specified in the three Conventions), there are treaty-based obligations for Member States. These obligations are the incorporation of the scheduling decision into the national legislation and the implementation of the systems of monitoring and controls as mandated by the Conventions, which includes providing to INCB the information required by the treaties. For narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, the controls also include the issuance of import and export authorizations, for which INCB has developed the International Import Export Authorization System (I2ES)

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 and the Convention on Psychotropic substances of 1971 require State Parties to take legislative and administrative measures to carry out the provisions of the Convention on their territory, to cooperate in international narcotics control and to carry out the decisions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances requires Governments to: send pre-export notifications, for which INCB operates PEN Online, to facilitate the monitoring of licit international trade, ensure domestic control, provide for the seizure of any substance in Table I or II of the Convention, cooperate with other governments in cases of diversion or attempted diversion (e.g., via the Precursors Incident Communication System, PICS).  INCB provides ongoing support to governments in meeting their treaty obligations, including through the INCB Learning project.

Representatives of UNODC and WHO also gave presentations at the event that was moderated by the Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, H.E. Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen.


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