To sell poisons a person must be either a retail pharmacist or have their name entered on a list held by us. The list entitles the named person to sell from a specified premise.
A person whose name is entered on the list can only sell poisons which are included in Part II of the Poisons List Order. Poisons contained in Part I of the order may only be sold by a retail pharmacist.
The person, or their named deputies (maximum two), are authorised to sell Part II poisons subject to certain other conditions being met. Some examples of Part II poisons by their trade or common name are given in the table below.
| Product || Poison ||Use |
|Ataka ||Formic Acid ||Kettle descaler |
|Brillo Clearway ||Sodium Hydroxide ||Drain cleaner |
|Caustic Soda ||Sodium Hydroxide ||Drain cleaner |
|Clean Up ||48% Phenols ||Multi-purpose fungicide |
|Drain Free ||Sodium Hydroxide ||Drain cleaner |
|Elsan Blue ||Formaldehyde ||Chemical toilet fluid |
|Jenolie Bath Stain Remover ||Phosphoric Acid ||Stain remover |
|Kleenoff Drain Cleaner ||Sodium Hydroxide ||Drain cleaner |
|Kleenoff Kay De ||Formic Acid ||Kettle descaler |
|Racasan ||Formaldehyde ||Chemical toilet fluid |
|Scrubbs Cloudy Ammonia ||Above 10% Ammonia ||Cleaning fluid |
The above table of examples is by no means exhaustive. If in doubt examine the container and, if necessary, seek advice from your supplier or the Trading Standards Service.
A fee is payable by any person wishing to have their name included on the list and to re-register each year. For details of the current fees please contact the Trading Standards Service on tel: 01623 452005.
How to apply and pay
Download the Poisons list application form [PDF 89KB], fill in and return with a cheque made payable to Nottinghamshire County Council.
We will process your application and will normally send you a licence/registration document and receipt for your payment within three working days. In the event that we are unable to send these within this timescale we will contact you to explain the reason for the delay.
100 Chesterfield Road South
Tel: 01623 452005