Industrial Denatured Alcohol in the UK
The procedure for getting a licence for receiving
and using IDA in the UK for preserving invertebrate specimens is straight
A form can be found on the HMRC website and this
should be copied and pasted into Word, completed and sent to
National Registration Unit (Industrial Denatured
21 India Street
You will get a paper licence in 2 to 3 weeks.
Phoning proves a fruitless task as only the switchboard number is given followed
by endless menus that don't give you the option you are seeking.
Your local chemist will not sell it as they would
have to have a licence to hold it. It is available online but buyers have to a)
send a scan of their licence and b) pay high delivery charges due to the nature
of the product.
It is not economical to have a licence for less
than 5 litres per annum as the price for small quantities is proportionately
high and delivery charges are the same for 1 litre as they are for 5
The link is:
Section 19 gets you the form.
I understand that for DNA testing that IDA is not suitable for preserving specimens.