The Home Office have no way of knowing what is a parallel export. You must satisfy yourselves that any applications you make for export licences of controlled drugs are made in full compliance with the 'parallel export' ban of certain medicines

Welcome to the Home Office Drugs Licensing and Compliance Unit online applications site.

The National Drugs control System (NDS) which is used to administer the import and
export licensing regime of the United Kingdom for Controlled Drugs and Precursor Chemicals.

NDS is designed to improve the processing times for licence applications and to assist in
the capture of data for monitoring trade.

This system is provided solely for the use of United Kingdom Controlled Drug licensees and Precursor Chemical licence or registration holders. It is the responsibility of Users to ensure that their log-in details are held securely and are not disclosed to unauthorised users.

By submitting an import or export licence or authorisation request using this system, Users are certifying that the information provided in that application is accurate to the best of their knowledge. Applications submitted containing false or misleading information may not be granted and may lead to legal action.

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact the Home Office on telephone number 0300 0724654 or

Import Permits

Companies are no longer required to submit a hard copy of their import permit via post to the Home Office when making an online Controlled Drugs export application. Users are now required to attach a scanned copy of the Import permit to their online Controlled Drugs export application.

The Home Office will randomly select companies as request a original copy of related import permit before a Controlled Drugs export application can be considered. This is to ensure a robust and secure application process is maintained.


NDS now offers the functionality to allow online endorsements, whereby Users can update the Home Office via NDS with details of their completed shipments. Licensees and Registrants must ensure that directly following a completed shipment the Home Office is updated with an endorsement confirming the amount shipped within 2 weeks. Licensees and Registrants who fails to endorse their licence or authorisation within 2 weeks after the shipment or 2 weeks after the expiry, may have their account suspended until all outstanding endorsements are updated.

Operating requirements

This system has been optimised for Firefox version 3 onwards, and Internet Explorer versions 6.5, 7 and 8. Your internet security settings should be set to allow JavaScript.


For details on how to register please visit

Privacy Notice: Controlled Drugs & Precursor Chemicals import/export licensing

Your personal information, supplied for the purposes of assessing the suitability of an individual and/or organisation to hold a licence to import or export controlled drugs and/or precursor chemicals under the Misuse Use of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973, Misuse of Drugs (Supply to Addicts) Regulations 1997 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, or a precursor chemicals licence(s)/registration under (EC) No 273/2004, Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors) (Intra-Community Trade) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008 No. 295), Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors) (Community External Trade) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008 No. 296), Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/1011 and the Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) Regulations 2010 will be held and processed by the

Home Office Drugs & Firearms Licensing Unit
Fry 5 SE
2 Marsham Street

The Home Office is the controller of this information. This also includes when it is collected or processed by third parties on our behalf.

Details of the Department’s Data Protection Officer:

  • Postal address: Office of the DPO, Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

  • Email:

  • Telephone number: 0300 0724654

Please note- the telephone number for the Data Protection Officer (DPO) CAN NOT address any queries concerning import/export licencing.

Changes to this Privacy Information Notice

The Home Office may amend this PIN from time to time. If the Home Office makes any substantial changes in the way its officials use your personal information, the Home Office will make that information available by amending this and any associated notices.

How and why the Department uses your information

The Home Office collects, processes, and shares personal information to enable it to carry out its statutory and other functions, including those related to law enforcement, safeguarding against, and the prevention of, threats to public security.

We are only allowed to process your data where there is a lawful basis for doing so.

We may share your information with other organisations in the course of carrying out our functions, or to enable others to perform theirs and which are consistent with the Home Office functions.

More information about the ways in which the Home Office may use your personal information, including the purposes for which we use it, the legal basis, and who we share your information with can be found at

The personal information we have collected about you may be shared with the police, other government departments, and other public bodies where necessary to perform this function, or where it is required; to protect life, prevent crime, under the terms of any court order, or to comply with lawful obligations for the purpose of preventing crime, protecting the public, and preventing the diversion of drugs or precursor chemicals.

We also share billing information for processing of payments.

Storing your information

Your personal information will be held for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it is being processed and in line with departmental retention policy. We retain your data for 25 years. More details of this policy can be found at

Requesting access to your personal data

You have the right to request access to the personal information we hold about you.


Or write to us at:
Information Rights Team,
Knowledge and Information Management Unit
Performance and Risk Directorate
Home Office
3rd Floor, Peel Building
2 Marsham Street

Other rights

In certain circumstances you have the right to:

  • ask us to erase or correct your personal data if it is inaccurate

Questions or concerns about personal data

If you have any questions or concerns about our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information please contact us


Call: 0300 0724654

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the way the Home Office is handling your personal information, or if you believe we should have provided you with more information about why/how we are processing it for law enforcement purposes. Details on how you do this can be found at

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