The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) is urging companies to be aware of important legislative changes coming into effect on Oct 1 regarding the sale and supply of explosives precursors and poisons.
BIRA, which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, has highlighted the new changes in the law which are just weeks away from coming into force.
Under the new regulations, retailers and other businesses supplying these regulated substances to the public or professionally will need to verify that purchasers have the proper Home Office-issued licenses. Additional record-keeping and reporting requirements are also being implemented for suspicious transactions.
Jeff Moody, Bira’s Commercial Director, who said they were constantly updating its advice to businesses and speaking to industry suppliers, said, “These new regulations have significant implications for many companies selling products containing dangerous chemicals. With the deadline approaching quickly, we want to make sure independent retailers and other businesses are informed about the new licensing and compliance procedures they will need to follow.”
The updated rules require members of the public to have an Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) license before they can purchase regulated substances. Businesses must check for a valid EPP license and photo ID before supplying these chemicals.
When selling to other companies instead of the public, retailers will need to record details like the business name, address, and VAT number. They must also assess if the intended commercial use matches the stated trade or profession. Suspicious transactions, disappeared stock, and attempts to purchase without proper credentials must be reported to authorities within 24 hours.
“These tighter regulations are important for public safety, but many shops and businesses need to be aware of these changes coming in just a few weeks. We encourage all companies to urgently review the government guidance and take steps to comply with the new rules by October 1st,” added Mr Moody.
Retailers and suppliers can visit this link for full details about the affected substances, licensing procedures, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance.