Any person who possesses, places on the market, imports, or exports precursors of Category 1 and/or engages in intermediary activities or drop shipping with them, requires a licence in accordance with Article 3 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 273/2004 and/or Article 6 (1) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 111/2005 in order to do so. Exceptions to this rule are customs agents and carriers when acting solely in that capacity.
Licences for operators based in Germany are issued by the BfArM.
Such a licence is applied for in an informal letter accompanied by the information and documents specified in Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1277/2005. Please use the corresponding form sheet ("Erklärungsformblatt für den verantwortlichen Beauftragten") to notify the BfArM of the responsible officer appointed for the trade in scheduled substances ("Grundstoffverantwortlicher").
Pharmacies, the Bundeswehr (the German armed forces including administration and procurement authorities) as well as police and customs authorities were granted a special licence, published by announcement in the Federal Gazette ("Bundesanzeiger").
The handling of substances of Category 2 is subject to the registration obligation in accordance with Article 3 (6) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 273/2004 and/or with Article 7 (1) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 111/2005.
The handling of substances of Category 3 only requires a registration if these substances are exported to non-EU countries.
Both licence and registration are subject to fees; the taxation of costs to be charged is laid down in the Ordinance on Charges for Precursors ("Grundstoff-Kostenverordnung", GÜGKostV)