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The government has added sulphuric acid to its list of regulated substances in The Poisons Act 1972. Due to this latest amendment, as of July 1st, 2018, members of the public must have an Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence to buy sulphuric acid above 15% concentration.

How are sales of batteries and battery acid affected?

For members of the public who do not hold a valid EPP licence, the legislation will affect the sale of batteries in the following ways;

Lithium-ion, AGM & GEL batteries

Acid-free and factory-activated batteries will be unaffected by the change.

Maintenance-free (un-activated) batteries – previously supplied with a separate acid pack for home-activation.

Under the new law, we are no longer able to supply these batteries as they come. 

Traditional/Wet batteries - previously supplied with a separate acid pack for home-activation.

These batteries are designed with breather holes on the side which are exposed for filling. Unfortunately, due to the risk of acid leaks, we are no longer able to supply this type of battery on-line.

The sale of batteries before July 1st, 2018

Though the legislation comes into effect on July 1st, 2018, we will make the required changes to our website on 26th June 2018, so we can fulfil orders in time for the new legislation.

What is the reason for this legislation?

In response to a rise in acid-related violent crimes in recent years, the government has added Sulphuric Acid to its list of Regulated Substances.

What else should I know?

From November 1st, 2018, not only will it be illegal to buy sulphuric acid above 15% concentration, it will also be illegal to possess or use it