UK Poisons Act 1972 updated

On 27 March 2018, the Poisons Act 1972 (Explosives Precursors) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 was published, updating the UK Poisons Act 1972. 1 substance moved from Schedule 1A Part 3 Reportable Explosives Precursors to Schedule 1A Part 1 Regulated Explosives Precursors:

  • Sulfuric acid [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][CAS# 7664-93-9]

Whilst 3 substances were added to Schedule 1A Part 3 Reportable Explosives Precursors:

  • Aluminium powders [CAS# 7429-90-5]
  • Magnesium nitrate hexahydrate [CAS# 13446-18-9]
  • Magnesium powders [CAS# 7439-95-4]

Poisons Act aimed to consolidate regulations related to the control of poisons, controlling their sale in an attempt to avoid misuse. However, the Poisons Act has since been significantly amended by Section 90 of the Deregulation Act 2015, leading to the establishment of a common regulatory system relating to non-medicinal poisons, abolishing the Poisons Board in the process, whilst also now covering the control of explosives precursors. The amended Poisons Act, in conjunction with the supplementary Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2015, regulates poisons and explosives precursors. Without a license, members of the general public are prohibited from importing, acquiring, possessing or using a regulated substance. Section 3A and 3B detail the circumstances under which offences are committed in relation to the supply of regulated substances. Suppliers are also required to report relevant transactions of regulated substances to the Secretary of State if they believe them to be suspicious, in that they believe the substance may be intended for illicit use. This 2018 Regulation will come into force 1 May 2018, whilst the requirements associated to the importing, acquiring, and supply of the regulated substance will take effect from 1 July 2018, and the requirements regarding possessing and using the regulated substance will take effect from 1 November 2018.

Chemtrac, 18 April 2018 ; https://www.chemtracglobal.com/news[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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