The Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023

The Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023

Posted By: CST

New regulations affecting businesses selling and purchasing chemicals have come into force from October 1st 2023.

The Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023 introduces new substances to the list of regulated and reportable explosives precursors and poisons.

These Regulations exist as part of the Poisons Act 1972 to control the sale of products that could be misused to cause damage or harm. These apply to those who buy and sell these products at all stages of the supply chain and to end users.

To comply with these measures, we have amended our processes and provided staff with training to ensure they have full awareness of their obligations under the Poisons Act when these products are requested or purchased.

What is the difference between Regulated Substances and Reportable Substances?

Reportable substances: there is no restriction on sale to the public. There is however an obligation to report suspicious transactions or attempted transactions.

Regulated substances: sales are restricted to businesses and members of the public who hold a Home Office Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence.Businesses do not need a licence for regulated substances they intend to use as part of their business or profession – however sellers need to obtain an EUD (End User Declaration) from the businesses they are selling to.

For further guidance visit the GOV.UK website or email us at with any questions.



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