Controlled Substances

Overviewcontrolled

The conduct of research with controlled substances (CS) is subject to extensive Federal and Massachusetts (MA) law.  Strict record keeping and security measures are required for all aspects of receipt, use, storage and disposal.  To ensure compliance with these regulations, and make better use of its research and administrative resources, the Boston University (BU) and the Legacy Charles River Campus (Legacy CRC) have revised its CS Programs.

Your work with controlled substances is covered by the Controlled Substances Program at Boston University (BU).

  • Approvals are required before you get started as a Principal Investigator working with Controlled Substances.

To get started as a co-investigator, technical staff, or trainee (undergraduate or graduate student or postdoctoral trainee), you must:

  1. Have your name listed in Controlled Substances Registration for Privileges obtained by the Principal Investigator. To find out whom to contact to check whether your name is listed, see BU Controlled Substance Authorization Form.
  2. Controlled substance training is required for those who need to conduct research with controlled substances (CS). This program is subject to extensive Federal and Massachusetts (MA) law. Strict record keeping and security measures are required for all aspects of receipt, use, storage, and disposal. Controlled Substance Training is available online through RIMS. Contact the Controlled Substance Program (CSP) at 617-638-4510 or by email at CSP@bu.edu for questions.

When you have completed the steps above, you have completed the pathway for Getting Started with Controlled Substances at BU.

  • Forms
  • FAQs A CS Program Investigator Q&A Handbook provides a summary of the BU Program as it applies to you, the investigator.
  • Policies Controlled Substance Program Policies define responsibilities and reporting requirements in the event of suspected noncompliance or diversion.
  • Resources Resources contains links to applications, forms, and information sheets.