Regulatory and health authorities

The Laboratory and Scientific Section of UNODC provides a wide range of resources and technical information to regulatory and health authorities worldwide. These resources include multilingual dictionary of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under international control, multilingual dictionary of precursors and chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of drugs and psychotropic substances under international control and guidelines for the import and export of drug and precursor reference standards.

The Section also contributes to drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes in the health sector by providing technical support to toxicology laboratories in the form of guidelines on the analysis of substances of abuse in biological specimens and quality assurance support. In addition, the Section's contribution to the worldwide availability and use of quality scientific data enables regulatory and health authorities to design effective policies based on an improved understanding of emerging trends regarding illicit drugs.

Other resources available to regulatory and health authorities include: