Controlled Drugs Application

Any researcher who wishes to use controlled drugs or narcotics for research purposes will need to have a Section 56 Exemption pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act prior to ordering controlled drugs and/or narcotics.

Procedure for Obtaining Controlled Drugs and Narcotics for Research Purposes:

Any researcher who wishes to use controlled drugs or narcotics for research purposes will need to have a Section 56 Exemption pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act prior to ordering controlled drugs and/or narcotics.

To obtain more information, and to download the application form, please visit the Health Canada website: "Request to Use Controlled Substances for Scientific Purposes."

Below are application forms with which you may apply for an exemption to use controlled substances.

Please ensure that copies of all current approved protocols, proof of current approval by a local animal care committee (for in vivo administration) and No Objection Letters (for clinical studies) are included with the application and that the declaration on page four is signed and dated. You may email the entire application, protocols and animal care committee approvals to exemption@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Please note that the application requires you to provide the name of the supplier of the controlled drugs. McGill University is a registered supplier. Please note that Associated Veterinary Purchasing is not a registered supplier.

Alternatively, please send the application to the address below. Health Canada requires a Purolator account number on Import Permit forms as this is the only company that ships with a Chain of Signature, which is a regulatory requirement for controlled drugs and substances.

Office of Controlled Substances
Health Canada
161 Goldenrod Drwy
AL 0300B
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9

The original application must be sent by mail or courier.

For further information, contact the Evaluation and Authorization Division by phone at (613) 952-2219 or (613) 957-1063, by fax at (613) 952-2196 or by e-mail at exemption@hc-sc.gc.ca.

After you have obtained your Section 56 exemption, you can then order the controlled drugs. If you chose McGill University as your supplier, you can submit your order using their Order Form.