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Virginia Methamphetamine Precursor Information System [19 VAC 30 ‑ 220]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Chapters 160 (Senate Bill 294) and 252 (House Bill 1161) of the Acts of Assembly (2012 regular session), requires all pharmacies and retailers in the Commonwealth of Virginia that sell over the counter cold and allergy medications containing ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine products (PSE) to participate in a statewide, real-time electronic PSE monitoring program for the purpose of tracking illegal PSE purchases.
State Authority Chapters 160 and 252 of the Act of Assembly (2012 regular session). § § 18.2-265.8 (C) and 18.2-265.12
Federal Authority Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (CMEA)- Title VII of Public Law 109-177
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation The purpose is to provide guidance for use of the a web-accessed database by approved law enforcement agencies. Pursuant to the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (CMEA), pharmacies and retailers are currently required to capture certain data regarding ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine products(PSE) sales. The system enables pharmacies to easily enter the same PSE sales data currently being gathered online rather than recording the information into a manual log or in-store computer system. Data will be stored in a secure, central repository that treats the data collected as if it were HIPAA data. Furthermore, the collected data will be viewable (at no cost) by authorized city, state, and federal law enforcement in keeping with CMEA, the Code of Virginia,and the Virginia Administrative Code.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Lieutenant Colonel Keenon Hook  / Director, Bureau of Strategic Governance
Address: 7700 Midlothian TPKE
N Chesterfield, VA 23235
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)674-2239    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Virginia Methamphetamine Precursor Information System, Access and Exemptions- 2012
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/01/2013.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
10/17/2023 Agency Completed Retain As Is