Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SUBSTANCES CONTROLLED UNDER RA 9165 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002”:

A. DANGEROUS DRUGS (DD) - include those listed in the Schedules annexed to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, and in the Schedules annexed to the 1971 Single Convention on Psychotropic Substances and substances classified as such by the Dangerous Drugs Board pursuant to Section 93 Article XI of RA 9165 for domestic control.

  • Narcotic Drugs – mainly natural products such as cannabis, opium and its derivatives, morphine, codeine and heroin, but also synthetic drugs such as methadone and pethidine. (http://incb.org/documents/NarcoticDrugs/Yellow_List/52nd_Edition/Yellow_List_52nd_edition_EN.pdf)
  • Psychotropic Substances (http://incb.org/documents/Psychotropics/green_lists/Green_list_ENG_2014_85222_GHB.pdf)
  • Locally classified DD by DDB Regulation – such as Ketamine, Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, Nalbuphine, Methylephedrine, Benzylpiperazine (BZP), among others.
  • Dangerous Drugs Preparations, unless specifically exempted by DDB Regulations.

B. CONTROLLED PRECURSORS AND ESSENTIAL CHEMICALS (CPECs) - , include those listed in the Tables annexed to the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and substances classified as such by the Dangerous Drugs Board pursuant to Section 93 Article XI of RA 9165 for domestic control.

  • Precursors and Essential Chemicals (PECs) (http://incb.org/documents/PRECURSORS/RED-LIST/RedList2012_E_13thEd_r.pdf)

    (Note: Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine, which were classified as CPECS under the 1988 UN Convention, were reclassified as dangerous drugs in the Philippines-Board Regulation No. 4,Series 2005)
  • Locally classified CPECs – i.e. Thionyl Chloride-Board Regulation No. 6,Series 2005
  • The salts and substances listed above whenever the existence of such salt is possible, with the exception of Hydrochloric acid and Sulfuric acid, are also controlled.
  • Unless specifically exempted by DDB Regulation, chemical mixtures are also controlled.
  • Legal Basis
  • Import Permit / Clearance / Certification
  • Importation
  • Contact

Legal Basis is given to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to regulate this commodity via REPUBLIC ACT 9165 and DDB REGULATION NO. 1 S. 2014 ‘Comprehensive Amendments to Board Regulation No. 3 Series 2003, "Comprehensive Guidelines on Importation, Distribution, Manufacture, Prescription, Dispensing and Sale of, and Other Lawful Acts in Connection with Any Dangerous Drugs, Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals and Other Similar or Analogous Substances", as Amended, and Other Related Board Issuances

Types of permits:

IMPORT PERMIT – for importation of DD (Special Permit is used for importation of Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and/or its preparations)

Validity: 6 months from date of issuance

1 set of permit contains 6 copies. Copy 2 is the Importer’s copy for presentation to Bureau of Customs(BOC). Copy 5 is the BOC’s copy to be transmitted by PDEA

Physical feature of permit: Light green-colored security paper with PDEA watermark See sample here.

SPECIAL PERMIT – for importation of CPECs

Validity: 6 months from date of issuance

1 set of permit contains 6 copies. Copy 2 is the Importer’s copy for presentation to BOC. Copy 5 is the BOC’s copy to be transmitted by PDEA

Physical feature of permit: Pink-colored security paper with PDEA watermark. See sample here.

Documentary Requirements Procedure Lead Time Processing Fee

PRE-IMPORTATION REQUIREMENT

  • Valid PDEA License.
  • Valid approved PDEA Import / PDEA Special

    or

    DDB Resolution granting exemptions to certain finished products.

    and/or

    Submission of Notice of Arrival of shipment to PDEA within five (5) working days upon arrival at the port of entry.

PROCESS WORKFLOW ON IMPORT PROCEDURES

(Workflow status posted at Philippine National Single Window site)

  1. 1. RECEIVE & VERIFY PERMIT APPLICATION/DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS
  2. 2. PROCESS APPLICATION
  3. 3. AUTHORIZE 1
  4. 4. AUTHORIZE 2
  5. 5. PROCESS 2 (ASSESSMENT)
    *APPLICANT PAYS AT DDB Secretariat (Cashier)
  6. 6. RELEASE APPROVED PERMIT TO APPLICANT
  7. 7. TRANSMITTAL OF COPIES TO CORRESPONDING OFFICES TO BOC, DFA AND FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS

No permit issuance once shipment has arrived.

Graduated fines are imposed on importation without valid and approved PDEA Import/ Special Permit to registered violators.

Special Instructions

  • Validity of PDEA-issued Import can be checked through access of the Philippine National Single Window (PNSW) site.
  • Permits once issued shall not be altered by importer
  • Any material changes are made by PDEA upon receipt of written request from importer within the prescribed period (i.e. prior to arrival of shipment or within 5 days from arrival of shipment).
  • One approved import permit per shipment. No partial shipment.

3 to 5 working days from date of receipt of qualified applications

Regulatory fee per approved permit application.

(DDB Reg 1 Series 2014, Sec 10 (3)):

  • Php500.00 (<1000Kg/L)
  • Php1,000.00 (>1000<5000Kg/L)
  • Php1,500.00(>5000Kg/L)
Contact Positon Contact Details
DIR III HELEN MAITA E. REYES, RPh, MBA, MGM Director , Compliance Service
PDEA Regulatory Officer (IMPEX) DDRO II Aileen D. Clamar
Contact Numbers:
+632-927-9702 local 197 or 198;
+632- 920-8110;
Cellphone No. +632 9158634162;