Faculty Handbook - Policy

Controlled Substances in Research

Policy Statement

Certain research protocols conducted by faculty of the University may require the use of controlled substances. As part of the planning for the use of such substances in research, the research protocol must be reviewed by the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and authorization given for the use of the specific substances.

In conducting research with controlled substances, all authorized personnel must comply with University policies, federal and state laws and regulations regarding background checks, use, licensure; storage requirements, inventory maintenance, substance disposal, reporting and record keeping in accordance with Title 21, Part 1300-1308 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

All matters related to the University Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substances Registration Certificate are a function of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) and the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The Director of Research and Sponsored Programs will assist researchers in complying with applicable rules and regulations and provide information regarding University procedures.


Controlled Substance – Section 802 (6) of Title 21, United States Code (USC) provides the legal definition of a controlled substance. The term means a drug or other substance included in schedule I, II, III, IV or V of part B of this subchapter.  https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/802.htm

Authorized Personnel – An individual working on a research protocol authorized by the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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