Licences - Poisons
Trading standards enforce the provisions of the Poisons Act 1972 and the Poisons Rules 1982, prohibiting the sale of poisons unless the seller is a retail pharmacist or a person who has his name on the local authority's list of permitted sellers. There are restrictions on which poisons a listed seller can sell from their premises. Suitable traders with appropriate premises may apply for inclusion in the list on payment of a fee. The period of registration for poisons runs from 1st June to 31st May in any year.
The current fees are as follows:
- Initial registration: £33.00
- Re-registration: £18.63
- Change in details: £10.00
Forms are available below
Frequently Asked Questions
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A poisons registration lasts for 12 months.
You must store any poisons safely, that is, either in a separate drawer or cupboard kept only for that purpose, or in part of the premises where customers are not permitted, or on a shelf kept solely for the storage of poisons and no food is kept directly under the shelf.
If you have a poisons licence, you may sell any product containing any chemical listed in part II of the Poisons Order 1982.