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The Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023

An amendment to the Poisons Act 1972 regarding the supply of Explosives Precursors and Poisons comes into effect as of October 1st, 2023.

These amendments mean that we are legally obliged to obtain certain information before we can supply certain products.

These are:

Accordingly, this will mean we need to collect some information from you.

The collected information will be managed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018, and the Poisons Act 1972.

As a means for us to record this information you will need to complete and return a Sterling Products EPP Declaration form, along with a copy of a photographic ID (such as a passport, driving licence, trade ID card, business ID card) for the individual that is authorised to purchase these materials.

On the form, you must state the purpose for which each product is purchased eg wheel cleaning; or pressure washer boiler de-scaling; or removal of limescale residues or however you are using them.

You also need to understand your legal obligations under the Act, particularly regarding the reporting of loss, theft or suspicious activity.

If you are reselling these products, you will also need to comply with the Poisons Act 1972.

This new legislation was only published and went live with just 6 weeks notice and without any formal notification, as you will see from the dates on the Government Guidelines. 


It is worth noting that there are very significant penalties for failing to comply with the regulations so your help will be gratefully received.

Further information can be found at


If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Sterling Products EPP 2023 Declaration Form

Sterling Products EPP 2023 Declaration Form

GOV.UK Explosives precursors and poisons: Government General Guidance