National Competent Authority

refers to the principal national authority for ensuring that opioid analgesics are adequately available for medical and scientific purposes and for submitting the required documents to the International Narcotics Control Board. This office, designated by each government that is Party to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, is responsible for carrying out the functions required by the international drug control treaties. This office may be located in a country’s pharmaceutical department within the Ministry of Health, or in the national drug control agency.

  1. International Narcotics Control Board. 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: Part 1: The International Control System for Narcotic Drugs. Vienna, Austria: International Narcotics Control Board, 2005. (Available at http://www.incb.org/pdf/e/estim/trainmat/NAR_1%20English%202005.pdf).
  2. World Health Organization. Achieving balance in national opioids control policy: Guidelines for assessment. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2000. (Available at http://www.painpolicy.wisc.edu/publicat/00whoabi/00whoabi.htm).
  3. Morgan JP. American opiophobia: Customary underutilization of opioid analgesics. In: Hill CS, Fields WS, eds. Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Volume 11. vol. 11. New York, NY: Raven Press, 1989:181-189. 
  4. Bennett DS, Carr DB. Opiophobia as a barrier to the treatment of pain. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother 2002;16:105-109.
  5. International Association for the Study of Pain. International Association for the Study of Pain Web site. http://www.iasp-pain.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=General_Resource_Links&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=3058
  6. World Health Organization. National cancer control programmes: policies and managerial guidelines. Second ed. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2002. (Available at http://www.who.int/cancer/nccp/nccp/en/).
  7. Controlled Substances Act, 812, Schedules of controlled substances. 
  8. District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District.676 So.2d 1380, June 26, 1996.
  9. World Health Organization. WHO expert committee on drug dependence: thirty-fourth report. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2006. (Available at http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/WHO_TRS_942.pdf)

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