Transporting controlled drugs: guidance on security measures

Guidance on security measures for transporting controlled drugs in the UK or internationally.


Guidance for the safe custody of controlled drugs and drug precursors in transit

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If your company needs to apply for a licence to transport controlled drugs, you should read this guidance before you apply.

This document gives guidance on security measures for transporting controlled drugs and drug precursors within the UK or internationally.

It applies to companies undertaking their own transport and to companies providing transport or freight services as a ‘third party’.

This is general guidance and licensees may wish to seek independent legal advice to ensure they are compliant with the legislation.

More information

More information about the application process and guidance documents to read before applying are also available.

Published 10 September 2013
Last updated 9 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance document

  2. Updated transit guidance.

  3. Updated 2018 version of guidance document published.

  4. Updated guidance published.

  5. First published.