On January 30, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register a document delaying the effective date of a final rule [Docket No. DEA–403] published on December 30, 2016, to implement requirements associated with the International Trade Data System (ITDS) that will help streamline the export/ import of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances, and listed chemicals. That rule is scheduled to become effective January 30, 2017. In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the final rule entitled “Revision of Import and Export Requirements for Controlled Substances, Listed Chemicals, and Tableting and Encapsulating Machines, Including Changes to Implement the International Trade Data System (ITDS); Revision of Reporting Requirements for Domestic Transactions in Listed Chemicals and Tableting and Encapsulating Machines; and Technical Amendments” published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2016, at 81 Fed. Reg. 96992. The temporary delay in the effective date will allow Department of Justice officials an opportunity to review any potential questions of fact, law and policy raised by this regulation, consistent with the Chief of Staff’s memorandum of January 20, 2017.

This Final Rule is effective January 30, 2017. The effective date of the Final Rule amending 21 C.F.R. parts 1300, 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, 1308, 1309, 1310, 1312, 1313, 1314, 1315, 1316, and 1321 published in the Federal Register December 30, 2016, at 81 Fed. Reg. 96992 is delayed to March 21, 2017. However, compliance with the revisions to DEA regulations made by this rule is not required until July 31, 2017.