Online directory of Competent National Authorities under the International Drug Control Treaties

Competent national authorities under article 18 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 and article 16 of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971

Article 18, paragraph 1 (d), outlines the information to be provided by Parties to the Secretary-General on competent national authorities empowered to issue certificates and authorizations for the import and export of narcotic drugs and article 16, paragraph 2, on competent national authorities empowered to issue certificates and authorizations for the import and export of psychotropic substances.

The content of the on-line directory is based on data provided to the Secretary-General in the annual reports on the working of the international drug control treaties by States parties and non-parties to the relevant treaties. The absence of a reference to one of those articles of the conventions before the name of a listed authority in the directory indicates that the Government has not specified the range of empowerment of the respective authorities.

If a contact address for article 18 of the 1961 Convention or article 16 of the 1971 Convention is not listed, it is possible that there is a contact address for that country listed under article 12 of the 1988 Convention (see below).

Competent national authorities under article 12 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988

Article 12, paragraph 9 sets out the basis for the provision to the Secretary-General by States of information on competent national authorities empowered to regulate or enforce national controls over precursors and essential chemicals.

The content of the on-line directory in this regard is based on data provided to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by governments in reply to the notes verbales by the Secretary-General.

Authorities which are preceeded by an asterisk (*) following the reference to article 12 in the directory are those competent national authorities currently reporting to INCB under the provisions of article 12, paragraph 12 of the 1988 Convention, but which were not expressly identified by governments in their responses to the Secetary-General.

If a contact address for article 12 of the 1988 Convention is not listed, it is possible that there is a contact address for that country listed under article 18 of 1961 Convention or article 16 of the 1971 Convention (see above). Alternatively, the INCB Secretariat or other competent international bodies listed at the end may be contacted in this regard.

The on-line directory currently contains the contact information of over 500 competent national authorities.

Please note that access is reserved to the competent national authorities designated in accordance with the aforementioned articles of the relevant conventions. For more information and to request an account please click here. For further assistance, suggestions or comments please contact cna-sgb@unodc.org (Secretariat to the Governing Bodies).

Governments are kindly requested to review the information and communicate any changes to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Secretariat to the Governing Bodies, Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 500, A-1400 Vienna, Austria (Telefax: +43-1-26060 4569, e-mail: cna-sgb@unodc.org).

Competent national authorities under other articles of the 1988 Convention

Another online directory lists competent national authorities designated to receive, respond to and process requests for mutual legal assistance, extradition, transfer of sentenced persons, as well as requests for cooperation to suppress illicit drug trafficking.