Policy paper

Sales of acid: voluntary commitments for retailers

Individual retailers can sign up to restrict access to products containing acids and other corrosive substances.



This document outlines the voluntary set of commitments on the responsible sales of corrosive substances. The intention is to restrict access to products containing acid and other corrosive substances which are being used as weapons to threaten or to attack people and inflict life-changing injuries.

The government is encouraging retailers to sign up to these commitments.

Major retailers who have signed up so far are: Wickes, B&Q, Screwfix, Wilko, The Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco, John Lewis, Homebase, Lakeland and Aldi.

If you are a retailer who wants to sign up, please contact: CorrosivesVoluntaryCommitments@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Graphics for use by retailers on social media to raise awareness that you have signed up to these commitments are also available.

Published 7 January 2018
Last updated 7 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Aldi has joined the scheme.
  2. Lakeland added to the major retailers who have signed up to the voluntary commitments.
  3. Updated retailer list.
  4. First published.