At present, product safety is arguably one of the most important areas of responsibilities for the Trading Standards service.
With the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, and the revision of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, there has been an increase in the provision for safety of consumer goods. The Council has an important role in supporting and advising businesses, as well as cracking down on unsafe products and unscrupulous traders.
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There has been a number of regulations made under the Consumer Protection Act to legislate on particular types of goods such as:-
- the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
Between September 2014 and March 2015, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trading Standards took the lead on a National project into the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. The project was funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Across the UK, 51 samples were submitted for examination and analysis in relation to labelling, traceability and flammability. Final results indicated an 84.3% failure rate, with only 8 of the 51 samples being fully compliant.
The project report can be found here
The increase in European directives being enacted by UK regulations, for example Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 1992, has also meant a wider role for Trading Standards Officers, and an important role also in supporting and advising businesses, as well as cracking down on unsafe products and unscrupulous traders. Much of the UK legislation made under the Consumer Protection Act has now been replaced by similar requirements under European legislation.
UK Regulations that implement EU 100A directives are becoming an important area of trading standards responsibility. The Regulations deal with a very wide and varied range of products and attempt to reduce the barriers to trade through 'Essential Safety Requirements'.
Some examples of the regulations already implemented:
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006.
- General Product Safety Regulations 2005
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.
- Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.
- Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 1991:-
Other European Regulations are directly incorporated into UK law such as legislation covering:
- Construction products
- Cosmetic products
- Electrical safety
If you would like more information we recommend visiting the following websites:
Provides full text of Acts of Parliament from 1267, plus access to Inforoute, the Government's Information Asset Register.
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
DEFRA works for the essentials of life - water, food, air, land, people, animals and plants
- Trading Standards Central
A one stop shop for consumer protection information in the UK. Provides information for businesses and consumers.
- HM Revenue and Customs
Provides information and advice for the public and for businesses.
- Consumer Markets Authority (CMA)
The CMA is designed to protect consumers and explain their rights; and to ensure that businesses compete and operate fairly.
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Working with businesses, employees and consumers to drive up UK productivity and competitiveness to deliver prosperity for all.
- Food Standards Agency (FSA)
An independent food safety watchdog set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.
- The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)
A registered charity providing information, advice, resources and training regarding the promotion of safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life.
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