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The Trading Standards Service is responsible for the Poisons Act 1972.
The Act, the Poisons Rules 1982 and the Poisons List Order 1982 set out the requirements for sellers of listed non-medicinal poisons. The legislation prohibits the sale of poisons unless the seller is a retail pharmacist or a person who has his name on the local authority's list entitling him to sell poisons from the premises named (a listed seller).
Traders wishing to sell Part 2 Poisons need to have their name on the List Of Persons Entitled To Sell Non-Medicinal Poisons Included In Part 2 Of The Poisons List.
The procedure for this is that the trader contacts the Trading Standards Service for an application form. The form needs to be completed and returned with the fee specified at the time of enquiry. You can download a copy of the application form below. Unless the trader is known to be an 'unsuitable person' to sell poisons their name will be entered into the list and evidence of the entry sent to them.
Common examples of Part 2 poisons from the Poisons List are drain cleaners, which contain sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), sanitary fluids which contain formaldehyde, kettle lime de-scalers containing formic acid, a small number of garden weedkillers. Further details are available in the appendix to the guidance note for business, which can be downloaded below.
Regular-programmed inspections are carried out at all premises to ensure traders comply with the requirements of the legislation, with full advice provided.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply for poisons registration?
- How long does it take to get a registered?
- How long does poisons registration last?
- How much does poisons registration cost?
- I have just bought a premises where the previous owner was on the List Of Persons Entitled To Sell Non-Medicinal Poisons, can this be transferred?
- What do I have to do once I have a poisons registration?
- What products can I sell if I have a poisons registration?
- Who decides whether or not I can be registered?
- Who sets the fees for my application?
- Why does it take so long to get registered?