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. Part II of the list contains the poisons which cannot be sold unless you are registered to do so with your Local Authority.
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. Currently this fee is £30.80 for a new license or £16.24 if it is a renewal. There is a charge of £8.30 for a change of name.
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 31st May each year, unless an application to retain the name on the list has been received. Please note the above fees quoted are for 2009/2010.
The following poisons are listed in Part II of the Poisons List:
Aldicarb; alpha-chloralose; ammonia; the following arsenic compounds- calcium arsenites, copper acetoarsenite, copper arsenates, copper arsenites, lead arsenates; the following salts of barium-barium carbonate, barium silicofluoride; carbofuran; cycloheximide; dinitrocresols (DNOC), their compounds with a metal or a base; dinoseb, its compounds with a metal or a base; dinoterb; drazoxolon and its salts; endosulfan; endothal and its salts; endrin; compounds of fentin; formaldehyde; formic acid; hydrochloric acid; hydrofluoric acid, alkali metal bifluorides, ammonium bifluoride, alkali metal fluorides, ammonium fluoride, sodium silicofluoride; mercuric chloride, mercuric iodide, organic compounds of mercury except compounds which contain a methyl (CH3) group directly linked to the mercury atom; metallic oxalates; methomyl; nicotine and its salts and quaternary compounds; nitric acid; nitrobenzene; oxamyl; paraquat and its salts; phenols (as defined in part I of the poisons list) in substances containing less than 60% weight in weight, of phenols and compound of phenols with a metal in substances containing less than the equivalent of 60% weight in weight, of phenols; phosphoric acid; the following phosphorus compounds-azinphos-methyl, chlorfenvinphos, demphion, demeton-S-methyl sulphone, dialifos, dichlorvos, dioxathion, disulfoton, fonofos, mecarbam, mephosfolan, methidathion, mevinphos, omethoate, oxydemeton-methyl, parathion, phenkapton, phorate, phosphamidon, pirimiphos-ethyl, quinalphos, thiometon, thionazin, triazophos, vamidothion; potassium hydroxide; sodium hydroxide; sodium nitrite; sulphuric acid; thiofanox; zinc phosphide.
Copies of the Poisons Act 1972 and other legislation are available here.