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Precursor Chemical and Laboratory Apparatus

Pursuant to Senate Bill 616 (86th Legislative Session), Texas Health and Safety Code (HSC) Chapter 481 has been amended to repeal the requirement of a DPS-issued permit for the sale, transfer, purchase or receipt of precursor chemicals or laboratory apparatus.

Effective September 1, 2019, the department will no longer issue permits to manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, or other persons who sell, transfer, or otherwise furnish chemical precursor or laboratory apparatus, to a commercial or laboratory apparatus purchaser, or to other persons who receive chemical precursor or laboratory apparatus.

Be advised that the provisions of HSC Chapter 481 relating to record keeping of sales, transfers, purchases or receipt of precursor chemicals and laboratory apparatus remain. In addition, the department will continue to have oversight over, and is authorized to continue to conduct inspections of, those who engage in transactions relating to chemical precursor or laboratory apparatus.

The administrative rules governing precursor chemicals and laboratory apparatus, Title 37, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 13, Subchapter B, are being amended to reflect these changes.