DEA Proposes to designate Alpha-Phenylacetoacetonitrile as a List I Precursor Chemical

On Monday, December 12, 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a proposed rule (81 FR 89402-89407) which would designate the chemical Alpha-Phenylacetoacetonitrile (APAAN) and its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers, as a List I Chemical.  APAAN can be used in the illicit manufacture of phenylacetone, methamphetamine, and amphetamine.  The DEA did not propose a regulatory threshold for APAAN, so all transactions of APAAN would be regulated.

Designation as a List I Chemical will require manufacturers, importers, exporters, and distributors of APAAN to obtain a registration as well as comply with all applicable security, know-your-customer, import, export, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements associated with a List I Chemical. 

APAAN also goes by: 1-cyano-1-phenylpropan-2-one; 2-phenylacetoacetonitrile, 2-acetyl-2-phenylacetonitrile; alpha-acetyl-benzene acetonitrile; phenyl aceto-acetonitrile; [alpha] - acetylphenylacetonitrile; and 3-oxo-2-phenylbutanenitrile and it's CAS Number is 4468-48-8.

If you are a manufacturer, importer, exporter, or distributor of APAAN and would like more information on how this may impact your operations, please contact GCSG here.   

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