New legislation governing how poisons and chemicals can be supplied by pharmacies have been clarified in guidance from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) [RPS members only].
From Tuesday 26 May, members of the public will require a licence from the Home Office to purchase certain regulated chemical substances. Pharmacies can c
ontinue to sell these substances, but will
need to conform to
new labelling requirements
and must report suspicious transactions.
Deregulation Act 2015, which amends the Poisons Act
1972, reclassifies some substances and sets out a common system of regulation for the possession and supply of non
-medicinal poisons and explosive precursors.
The RPS quick reference gu
developed with the Home Office. It sets out the list of regulated substances that will require purchasers to hold a Home Office licence, and the reportable substances for which a licence is not needed but reporting and labelling
duties also apply.
The guide also maps out what pharmacies must check before supplying regulated poisons and chemicals, how to identify a suspicious request and how the reporting system works.
Community pharmacy groups previously backed the change in legislation but had called for the burden on pharmacies to maintain a register of buyers to be removed. However, this was retained in the legislation.