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The UK Government have revealed that the time is right to review the product safety rules for the UK.

Following Brexit and the UK being obligated to apply EU rules for many years on product safety, the Office for Product Safety and Standards has launched a call for evidence.

The call for evidence

The review of the product safety rules is in order to ensure the best interest of British businesses and consumers are fulfilled. Given the rise in AI, online shopping and other innovative changes, the UK Government’s call for evidence aims to ensure that any change in product safety rules reflect the current trends in innovation and manufacturing.

In particular, views are sought on: 

  • New models of supply, taking into considering the significant rise of on-line shopping during the pandemic
  • Product design, manufacture and placing on the market
  • New products and product lifecycles
  • Enforcement considerations and ensuring that regulators’ duties, powers and obligations are consistent for all business models
  • A diverse and inclusive product safety network that is fit for the future.

The call for evidence provides that a key focus for the UK Government is to ensure that only safe products can be legally placed on the market both currently and in the future. Views are sought from consumers, consumer organisations, small businesses, conformity assessment bodies, local authorities and national regulators with enforcement duties under relevant legislation.

Comment

Whilst product safety is not something new, the current guidelines and regulations applied in the UK mostly originate from EU laws from across many years. Not only is there a need for the UK to adapt to a new post-Brexit era, but the increase in technology and the change of consumer behaviour arising from the Covid pandemic collectively have led to what could be viewed as a ‘timely’ review of guidance and regulation.

The call for evidence remains open until 3 June 2021. Should you wish to discuss this or any product safety issues then please get in touch with our team.

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