Controlled Substances Compliance Expert Community established

Wilmington, DE, 11th August 2014 – The Pistoia Alliance Controlled Substances Compliance Services (CSCS) project has made it significantly easier for life science companies to comply with controlled substance legislation by establishing an expert community to interpret the often-ambiguous rules.

Controlled substances, depending on the local, national or international situation, include narcotics, psychotropics, controlled drug precursors and anabolic steroids. It is vitally important to comply with all legislation controlling the production, import/export, supply, use and possession of these substances in order to maintain the safety and security of everyone.

The Pistoia Alliance CSCS project, which has already successfully delivered two commercially available compliance checking services by ChemAxon/Patcore ( and Scitegrity (, found value in bringing together a group of experts from pharmaceutical and technology companies across the world to identify and review local, national and international controlled substance legislation. This group of experts has now been formally established as the CSCS Expert Community ( in order to build on the successes so far.

The CSCS Expert Community will meet monthly to discuss the latest developments in controlled substance legislation and guide its interpretation. Between meetings, groups of Community members will get involved with developing test datasets for extended coverage, establishing relationships with the regulators, creating compound annotation standards, and generating novel ideas for related projects.

Derek Wilson, Project Leader for the Pistoia Alliance CSCS Expert Community and Controlled Substance Coordinator at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said: “The ambiguities of controlled substance legislation make it difficult to form a definitive interpretation alone. The collective effort of the CSCS Expert Community will greatly ease the process of defining compliance, ironing out the uncertainties involved and enabling all Pistoia Alliance members to enhance the safety, security and compliance of their research environment.”

The CSCS Expert Community is open to all Pistoia Alliance members to join, participate in the discussions and deliberations, and access its findings. The next meeting will take place on 27th August 2014. New members are always welcome and all those interested should email Anne Dunlop ( for further information.

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