The Sale Of Poisons

To purchase poisons consumers need to produce a valid licence issued by the Home Office. Retailers no longer need to be licensed.

Amendments to the Poisons Act 1972

On 26 March 2015, the Deregulation Act 2015 introduced amendments to the Poisons Act 1972. The amendments create a cohesive regime for poisons and explosives precursors that builds on the regime already in place under the Control of Explosives Precursors Regulations 2014 (which is revoked from the 26 May 2015).

From 26 May 2015 members of the public will need to present a valid licence issued by the Home Office before being able to purchase the most dangerous poisons and highest risk explosives precursors.

Retailers will be required to indicate that possession, acquisition and use by the general public of regulated substances is restricted on the product label.

The legislation also requires suppliers to report suspicious transactions, significant losses and thefts of products containing substances on Schedule 1A to the Poisons Act 1972 to the police.

Retailers of products containing poisons listed on Part 4 of Schedule 1A to the Poisons Act 1972 (what used to be Part 2 of the Poisons List 1982) will no longer need to register to have their name listed with their Local Authority.

The changes come into effect from the 26 May 2015, but Licences issued under the Control of Explosives Precursors Regulations 2014 will remain valid until their original expiry date.

Further information can be found on the EPP licensing: document checklist for applicants

If you have any questions about this licence, contact the Trading Standards team.

Email: tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk

Phone: 01473 264859