Interventions against diversion of chemical precursors
Project manager: Laurent Laniel
Precursors are a number of different chemicals frequently used to obtain narcotics, such as: potassium permanganate, used for cocaine production; acetic anhydride, for heroin; or ephedrine, for synthetic pills. Following article 12 of the 1988 United Nations Convention against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, the International Narcotic Control Board, INCB, monitors the implementation by Governments of the control measures over chemical substances and assesses other chemical substances for possible international control. The INCB reports every year to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. At EU level, the European Commission is currently establishing harmonised measures for the intra-community control and monitoring of certain chemical substances with a view to prevent its diversion to illicit purposes.