Circular 015/2012: The testing of substances suspected to be drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

This circular replaces Home Office circular 40/1998.


  • Broad subject: Crime and disorder
  • Issue date: 31 July 2012
  • From: Crime and policing group (CPG) - crime directorate, drug strategy unit
  • Sub category: Drug offences
  • Implementation date: 31 July 2012
  • For more information, contact:

This circular is addressed to:

  • Chief officers of police (England and Wales)
  • Chief Officer of Police (Northern Ireland)
  • Chief officers of police (Scotland)
  • Clerks to the police authorities
  • Chief executive of Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service
  • Director of crime
  • Delivery directors
  • Heads of crime
  • Custer managers
  • Regional support units
  • Crown Court staff
  • Magistrates’ Court staff
  • Clerks to the Justices
  • Royal Courts of Justice - Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) staff
  • Lord Chief Justice
  • President of the Queen’s Bench Division
  • Senior presiding Judge for England and Wales
  • Lords Justices of Appeal
  • Presiding Judges
  • High Court Judges
  • Queen’s Bench Division
  • Crown Court judges
  • Resident judges
  • District judges (Magistrates’ Courts)
  • Chairmen of the Justices
  • Council of Circuit Judges