Product Safety – What Businesses Need To Know
General Regulations, Acts & Directives
Details of product safety legislation in force in the UK can be found by clicking on the following links -:
- EU enacted legislation
- EU guidance on regulations can be found at New Approach Directives
- The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 catches any product not caught by product specific EU legislation, or UK based legislation.
- The Consumer protection Act 1987 brings into force UK technical legislation which has not been harmonised within the EU. A list of the technical regulations enforced by Trading Standards can be found here UK Technical regulations (pdf) . The Act also provides protection for consumers in the event of a defective product causing harm therefore giving rise for damages claims within the civil court; further information can be found in our ‘Unsafe goods – liability for damage or injury’.
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Highlights and News
The Construction Product Regulations have now been in force since 2013, and represent a significant change in how such products are placed on the market. The scope of the regulations is considerable due to the size of the business sector and therefore the number of businesses it will have affected is likely to be significant too.
If your business manufactures or imports products caught by the regulations, it is essential that you ensure compliance with the requirements. If you are unsure if your products are caught by the scope we advise that you take steps to check. Industry guidance can be found here, which has been put together to assist in understanding the requirements and the implications, such as CE marking and the systems of Assessment. The guidance has been put together by the Construction Products Association, The Trading Standards Institute and a number of other trade bodies.
It is important to remember that failure to comply with the regulations is a criminal offence, which this service has a duty to enforce.