Controlled Substances

Providing assistance and monitoring for the use of regulated drugs and precursors in research.

Obtain a controlled substances use authorization (CSUA)

EH&S maintains a campus DEA registration for use of Schedule II-V drugs in research. A Principal Investigator (PI) who wishes to work with controlled substances under our institutional license must send the following documentation to to initiate the controlled substance use authorization (CSUA) process:

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New labs

How do I set up a new lab?

Note: Your department's Department Safety Coordinator (DSC) may have their own practices and guidelines. It is strongly suggested that you contact them for guidance. Not sure who your DSC is? Use the "Who's your DSC?" tool to find out!

Getting Started Email to have your new lab set up in our database. If you are a new Principal Investigator,...

Get a Background Check

Contact your department’s HR partner to request a background check for use of controlled substances in research

Find your HR Partner by navigating to the Human Resources section within your region’s home page (under the ‘Regional Services’ main menu link)

If you need to identify your “Region”, use the Find Your Region tool...

Dispose of Waste

Master list of waste types is displayed below. Note: If you cannot find the item that you are trying to get rid of in this list, please contact EH&S at or (510) 642-3073. collapse all expand all Aerosol Cans

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Jim Baugh

Campus Biosafety Officer
Controlled Substances
Lab Safety

Ingrid Castro Rodriguez

Health & Safety Manager
Health & Safety
Controlled Substances

Resources and Guides

Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

A JSA describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task.

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Controlled Substances

Controlled Substances

UC Berkeley’s Controlled Substances (CS) program outlines required procedures pertaining to the procurement, use, storage, inventory, and disposal of controlled substances to comply with Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations. These procedures apply to all research and teaching activities using controlled substances.

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Add Personnel / Make Changes to my Existing CS Use Authorization

The Principal Investigator (PI) must complete the Controlled Substances Program Project Registration Update Form for changes in personnel, location of storage, or addition or change in quantities of any chemicals. Send signed forms to

Dispose of Controlled Substances

Complete the following steps to request pickup of any expired or unwanted controlled substances acquired through UCB’s campus license

Fill out the appropriate forms with controlled substance and PI information. Do not sign the return forms unless in the presence of EH&S to document the chain of custody and transfer of compound's ownership from the lab to EH&S.

Schedule II