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About the Drug Control Repository

The  Drug Control Repository is an electronic repository on drug control, which was developed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based on the mandates emanating from article 18 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by its 1972 Protocol, article 16 of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988, for the purpose of facilitating the dissemination of information regarding the implementation of the three international Drug Control Conventions.

The repository provides a unique gateway to access information related to drug control and the implementation of the international Drug Control Conventions. In addition to the legislation database, the repository includes portals of designated competent national authorities as requested under the three conventions, status of adherence to the Conventions, and "other resources". 



The Database of Legislation on Drug Control is an electronic repository of laws and regulations promulgated  by States in order to give effect to the international drug control conventions. This database can be searched in different ways: by country, or by topics, or by free-text search.


Criminal law related provisions can be found through the database containing Legal Provisions on Drug-related Offences which is directly linked to the criminal law provisions on drug trafficking and drug control, hosted on SHERLOC's Database of Legislation ( www.sherloc.unodc.org).


The Drug Control Repository also hosts Other Resources relevant to the drug control including the commentaries to the Conventions, glossaries of terms  and linkages to other related legal databases.


In addition, the Repository contains two different UNDOC CNA Directories containing contact points and information of competent national authorities designated by member States to deal with international cooperation and other aspects related to drug control.  

The portals of competent national authorities hosted in the Repository provide access to:

        i.            the CNA Directory of authorities authorized to issue certificates and authorizations for the import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as regulating and enforcing controls over precursors and chemicals; and

      ii.            SHERLOC's CNA Directory providing contacts of authorities for the purpose of international cooperation. Access to the SHERLOC CNA Directory is reserved to the authorities designated by the Government in accordance with the Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 (articles 6, 7 and 17) and the Organized Crime Convention (articles 16, 17 and 18 of the Convention, article 8 of its Smuggling of Migrants Protocol). For further information and to request access, click here.


The Repository also includes a Status of Adherence to the International Drug Control Conventions and their details as provided by the Office of Legal Affairs of the UN Secretariat.


Errors and Disclaimers

In the Drug Control Repository the term "country/territory" refers to independent States and dependent territories and does not imply any international recognition of the said country by the United Nations Organization. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this web site do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city, area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

Materials on this database, are provided by States directly. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNDOC) specifically does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any such material. The United Nations periodically adds, changes, improves or updates the materials on this site without notice.

Under no circumstances shall the United Nations be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of this Site, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto. In case you wish to inform the Secretariat about any changes in status of the laws (amendments, repeals, etc.), please do not hesitate to inform us (unodc-legal@un.org).


Further, States are encouraged to share any comments on the accuracy of information and to submit any laws or regulations not yet contained in the Database of Legislation on Drug Control to the above-mentioned email address.


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