Controlled Substances

Controlled Substances

EH&S is available to assist laboratories in managing the use of controlled substances in research. Due to their potential for abuse, controlled substances are subject to extensive licensing, registration, storage, security, research use, disposal, and inventory requirements. You may not use or possess U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) controlled substances without a thorough understanding of the requirements. Laboratory personnel involved in Controlled Substance activity should review the document "Controlled Substance Researchers' Guide" (below) prepared by the Harvard Office of General Counsel.

Department Contact


Mary Corrigan
Associate Director of Lab Safety Programs

Did You Know?

In addition to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) provided by manufacturers or accessible through the EH&S Safety Data Sheets tool, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a list of databases which contain acute and chronic health effect information for hazardous chemicals at NIOSH: Chemicals: Managing Chemical Safety in the Workplace.