On 30 November, the EU said that a new report has found that criminals create new substances more quickly than the EU can list them as illegal under current legislation. Moreover, further action is needed to strengthen the fight against the diversion and trafficking of these substances. On one hand, cooperation between the private sector, and in particular the chemical industry, and the relevant authorities should be improved in order to identify suspicious orders. A t the same time, it is important to look into ways to reduce the administrative burden on operators and authorities. The report clarifies that the trade in drug precursors is not in itself prohibited because of their important legitimate uses, but that effective monitoring and control of the legitimate trade of these chemicals is the best way of fighting against their diversion for illicit drug manufacture. To this end, a specific regulatory framework has been set up both at international and at EU level.
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