The retailing of poisons is controlled by the Poisons Act 1972.
The Poisons List Order 1982 contains a list of poisons covered by the Poisons Act. Part I of this list contains poisons that may only be sold by a registered pharmacist.
A preparation containing a poison listed in Part II of the Poisons List must only be sold by retail by a person or his appointed deputy who is registered with the Council.
Registering for the Sale of Non-Medicinal Poisons
Before selling poisons listed in Part II of the Poisons Act an application to be entered on the Council's list of persons who may sell Part II poisons must be made to the Council.
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made.
Where a name is entered on the list of persons entitled to sell Part II poisons that name shall be removed from the list on 30th April each year unless an application to retain the name on the list has been received.
Offences and Penalties
If a person is convicted before any Court of any offence, which in the opinion of the Court, renders them unfit to have their name on the list of persons entitled to sell non-medicinal poisons, the Court may order their name to be removed from the list and be disqualified from having their name on any local authority list for such period as they may specify.
No person on the list may use any title, emblem or description that suggests they are entitled to sell any poison which they are not entitled to sell, and if convicted shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £500 and a further fine not exceeding £5 for each day that the contravention continues.
A person convicted of contravening or failing to comply with the provisions of the Poisons Act 1972, or the Poisons Rules shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £2,500 and a further fine not exceeding £10 for each day the offence continues.
If a person:
- Wilfully delays or obstructs an Inspector from the Council, or
- Refuses to allow samples to be taken, or
- Fails to give information which they are required to give, they shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.
Copies of the Poisons Act 1972 and other legislation mentioned above can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
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