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CTSI calls for urgent action in the wake of product safety report

plug socket that has burned out and caught fireCTSI calls on the Government to take urgent action on product safety to keep UK consumers safe, in response to January’s (2018) report by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee.

The committee calls for several significant measures to remove ‘millions of potentially dangerous products [that] remain in circulation’, including the need for a national agency for product safety, a central consumer reference point for electrical goods, and urgent attention to resolve the funding crisis in frontline trading standards.

The report echoes the results of an independent Faulds Wood Report, which was published nearly two years ago.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) - the UK ECC’s host body - has previously advised the Select Committee that new legislation is not necessary to tackle the UKs product safety system. BEIS holds the power to create a body to support local authority trading standards that could coordinate intelligence functions and provide second opinions on major cases.

CTSI chief executive Leon Livermore said: “The Government could act now, under existing legislation, to actively support frontline trading standards services to better coordinate product safety. 

“While we welcome the calls for more analysis by the Government, there has been consensus amongst consumer organisations for some time that action is needed to ensure we have a viable product safety system in the UK. 

“Any future report of the Select Committee needs to add to this debate – providing detail as to what a national agency should look like so that it can practically support local authority trading standards services.”

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