Precursor Chemical and Laboratory Apparatus Overview

September 21, 2020


The department’s Precursor Chemical / Laboratory Apparatus program oversees the record keeping and reporting requirements of Texas Health and Safety Code Sections 481.077 – 481.080.

These statutory provisions require those who sell, transfer, or otherwise furnish chemical precursors or laboratory apparatus to another person, and wholesalers of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or norpseudoephedrine, maintain an accurate record of their transactions and retain the record for two years.  The department’s form RSD-904 may be used for this purpose, though its use is not required. 

In addition, a manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or other person who discovers a loss or theft of a chemical precursor or laboratory apparatus is required to report the loss or theft to the department within three days of its discovery; wholesalers of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or norpseudoephedrine must report suspicious orders within 10 business days.  The department’s form RSD-905 must be used for this purpose.

For further information see Tex. Health & Safety Code Sections 481.077 – 481.080, and the related administrative rules at 37 Tex. Admin. Code Chap. 13.