Emergency in Afghanistan 

VIENNA, 11 October 2023 - The International Narcotics Control Board is deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive destruction caused by the series of earthquakes that struck Afghanistan since last Saturday. The Board and its secretariat extend their deepest condolences to the people of Afghanistan at this difficult time.

The acute humanitarian needs of the affected communities as a result of this devastating event require urgent action to ensure that shipments of medications, including medicines containing internationally controlled narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, reach those in need.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reminds all Governments that in acute emergencies it is possible to utilize simplified control procedures for the export, transportation and provision of medicinal products containing controlled substances. Competent national authorities may permit the export of medicines containing narcotic drugs and/or psychotropic substances to the affected areas in the absence of the corresponding import authorizations and/or estimates. Urgent deliveries do not need to be included in the estimates of the receiving country.

Authorities may find further information on the subject in the Guidelines for the International Provision of Controlled Medicines for Emergency Medical Care, and Lessons from countries and humanitarian aid organizations in facilitating the Timely Supply of Controlled Substances during Emergency Situations, available on the INCB website.

The Board and its secretariat stand ready to provide further information and guidance to Governments to facilitate the licit movement of internationally controlled substances during this emergency.

 Source: © UNICEF Afghanistan via UN News

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