Poisons Act
(Chapter 234, Section 20(1))
Poisons Rules
R 1
G.N. No. S 94/1957

(1st January 1999)
[5th April 1957]
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Poisons Rules.
2.—(1)  In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires —
“animal” includes poultry;
“antimonial poisons” means chlorides of antimony, oxides of antimony, sulphides of antimony, antimonates, antimonites and organic compounds of antimony;
“arsenical poisons” means halides of arsenic, oxides of arsenic, sulphides of arsenic, arsenates, arsenites, copper aceto- arsenites, sodium thioarsenates and organic compounds of arsenic;
“British Pharmacopoeia” and “Pharmaceutical Codex” include the supplements and addenda thereto;
“food” includes a beverage;
“licensed importer” means an importer licensed under the Act;
“licensed person” means a person licensed under the Act;
“mercurial poisons” means oxides of mercury, mercuric salts and organic compounds of mercury;
“registered nurse” means a nurse whose name is included in any part of the register of nurses maintained under the Nurses and Midwives Act (Cap. 209);
“sale by wholesale” means sale in any of the circumstances set out in section 8 of the Act.
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(2)  In these Rules —
(a)any reference to an alkaloid shall include a reference to any salt of that alkaloid and in a case where the esters of an alkaloid are included in the Poisons List by virtue of the words, “its esters”, to any ester of that alkaloid; and
(b)any reference to medicines for the internal treatment of human ailments shall include any medicine to be administered by hypodermic injection but shall not include a reference to gargles, mouth-washes, eye-drops, eye-lotions, ear-drops, preparations for naso-pharyngeal use, and douches for rectal, vaginal or urethral use.
(3)  Any reference in the Schedules to the percentage of a poison contained in any substance shall, unless otherwise expressly provided, be construed in the following manner, that is to say, a reference to a substance containing 1% of any poison means:
(a)in the case of a solid, that one gramme of the poison is contained in every 100 grammes of the substance; and
(b)in the case of a liquid, that one millilitre of the poison, or, if the poison itself is a solid, one gramme of the poison, is contained in every 100 millilitres of the substance,
and so in proportion for any greater or lesser percentage.
3.—(1)  A licence to import, store and sell by wholesale poisons included in the Poisons List shall be in Form A of the Eighth Schedule.
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(2)  A licence to import and deal generally in poisons by wholesale and retail shall be in Form C set out in the Eighth Schedule.
Form of record of sales
4.  The particulars of sales of poisons which are required by section 6 (3) (b) of the Act to be entered in a book shall be entered in Form D set out in the Eighth Schedule.
Wholesale sales
5.—(2)  A person so licensed shall keep a record of the arrival and sale of poisons in a book or other form of record kept solely for that purpose but shall not be required to comply with section 6 (3) (b) of the Act.
(3)  The record shall be kept in Form E set out in the Eighth Schedule or otherwise recorded in such manner as to provide all the particulars required in that Form.
(4)  A person so licensed shall obtain an order in writing in accordance with rule 10 in respect of the sale of any poison and shall enter a reference to such order in the record kept in pursuance of paragraph (2).