Research chemical

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For pharmacological research chemicals in the context of drug law avoidance, see Designer drug. For the processes of discovering and devising new pharmacotherapies, see Drug discovery and Drug design.

Research chemicals are chemical substances used by scientists for medical and scientific research purposes. One characteristic of a research chemical is that it is for laboratory research use only. A research chemical is not intended for human or veterinary use. This distinction is required on the labels of research chemicals, and is what exempts them from regulation under parts 100-740 in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR).[1]

The term research chemical is sometimes used to refer to novel psychoactive drugs due to the fact that they can be sold outside of medicines legislation if they are not sold for human consumption.

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Pharmacological research chemicals

Research chemicals are fundamental in the development of novel pharmacotherapies. Common medical laboratory uses include in vivo and animal testing to determine therapeutic value, toxicology testing by contract research organizations to determine drug safety, and analysis by drug test and forensic toxicology labs for the purposes of evaluating human exposure.

Agricultural research chemicals

Research agrochemicals are created and evaluated to select effective substances for use in commercial off-the-shelf end-user products. Many research agrochemicals are never publicly marketed or use sequential code names.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Code of Federal Regulations Title 21". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Merrell, Paul (Winter 1981). "Warning!". NCAP News 2 (3): 5. 
  3. ^ List of proprietary substances and nonfood compounds authorized for use under USDA inspection and grading programs. United States Food Safety and Inspection Service. 1993.