Update for researchers holding Health Canada Exemptions to use controlled substances

Thursday, June 17, 2021

For the foreseeable future, McGill University is unable to distribute controlled substances to researchers holding a Health Canada Exemption to Use a Controlled Substance for Scientific Purposes. It is unclear when or if they will be able to continue to distribute controlled substances.

In the meantime, Animal Care Services has opened an account with CDMV to allow researchers to order controlled drugs listed on their Health Canada Exemption.

For new applications or to amend your existing application to change to the new supplier for an Exemption to Use a Controlled Substance for Scientific Purposes, visit the following website for the application form:

Health Canada estimates it will take 3 months to approve amendments; we encourage you to submit amendments as soon as possible to avoid any potential disruptions to your research.

For any questions regarding exemptions or ordering, please contact your facility’s Clinical Veterinarian. For further information, please visit Controlled Drugs Application.

ACC Notice to Researchers – Changes to McGill controlled substance (May 28, 2021)

Update June 15: We have been informed that McGill University has resumed distribution of controlled substances to researchers. CDMV remains an alternate supplier. If McGill University is currently listed as your supplier with Health Canada, please review this document which outlines possible solutions.