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Q.1Which chemicals are controlled under the Control of Chemicals Ordinance, Chapter 145 and what are the control measures imposed on them?
A.1

The HKSAR Government exercises control on 27 chemicals which can be used for the manufacture of dangerous drugs or psychotropic substances. The control is prescribed in the following schedules of the Control of Chemicals Ordinance (Chapter 145), Laws of Hong Kong.

A licence or a permit is required to:

  1. supply, procure, deal in or with any Schedule 1 chemical;
  2. possess any Schedule 1 chemical unless it is in transit;
  3. manufacture, import or export any Schedule 1 or 2 chemical;
  4. move and handle any Schedule 1 or 2 chemical transshipped in Hong Kong; and
  5. export any Schedule 3 chemical to any country specified in the same schedule.

For their storage, an approval in writing by the Commissioner of Customs & Excise is required for premises and containers in which Schedule 1 or 2 chemicals are stored or kept.

Q.2What are the requirements for applying a licence under the Control of Chemicals Ordinance ?
A.2

The applicant must be the proprietor or partner of the company, or a responsible person appointed in writing by the proprietor or partner of the company. For a limited company, the applicant should be a director of the company, or a person authorized in writing by the Board of Directors.

The applicant must be a Hong Kong resident.

An application for a licence under the Control of Chemicals Ordinance should be supported by the following documents:

  1. Copy of applicant's Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. Copy of Business Registration Certificate
  3. Copy of Certificate of incorporation (for limited company)
  4. Copy of Registration of Directors (for limited company)
  5. Copy of proof of ownership of the premises or tenancy agreement of the business address.
Q.3How long does it take to apply for a licence or permit?
A.3

A licence or permit is issued within 14 days upon receipt of all required documents.

Controlled Chemicals