Legal Status in South Africa

Notice regarding legal status of Ibogaine in South Africa:

“March 2016: MEDICINES CONTROL COUNCIL
SCHEDULING MATTERS
SCHEDULING OF IBOGAINE
TO ALL APPLICANTS
Please be advised that at a recent meeting of the Medicines Control Council, Council resolved that ibogaine
(12-methoxyibogamine) be included in the Schedules as a Schedule 6 substance.
Currently, ibogaine does not appear in the Schedules and is freely available and is used in ”treatment centres”
around South Africa for the treatment of morphine, cocaine and heroin addiction.
The reasons for the inclusion in the listing for Schedule 6 include the following:
• The lack of evidence on the safety and efficacy of ibogaine and related products does not support its
general access to the public;
• The central nervous system, cardiovascular and associated deaths (uncontrolled used without medical
supervision) related to the use of ibogaine;
• The medicinal claims attached to ibogaine and preparations thereof are similar to the schedule entries
of other indole-like Schedule 6 substances.
Please be advised that the office of the Registrar is in the process of drafting an amendment to the published
Schedules, for consideration by the Minister of Health and publication in the Government Gazette.
Yours faithfully
DR JC GOUWS
REGISTRAR OF MEDICINES”

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