What is Consumer Protection?
Many people are injured each year due to faulty consumer goods. Consumer Protection involves ensuring all goods on sale to the public are SAFE for their intended use.
The responsibility to supply safe consumer goods applies all the way down from the manufacturer to the retailer. This means, that products being sold should comply with any relevant legislation or recognised safety standard.
The main pieces of legislation dealing with the safety of consumer goods are:
- The Consumer Protection Act 1987
- The General Product Safety Regulations 2005
In addition to the 2 pieces of legislation above, there are over 60 specific regulations and 100s of recognised safety standards covering product safety. These include:
- Electrical equipment
- Babies dummies
Further information and guidance is also available to download in the documents section below.
- EH- Dont Chance It- A Guide to Supplying Safe Goods- 17/12/2007
- Electrical Safety- 22/07/2010
- Furniture Safety- 22/07/2010
- Role of the EHO- 22/07/2010
- Toy Safety- 22/07/2010
- What should I do if I think I have bought an unsafe product?- 22/07/2010
- What should I look for when buying goods?- 22/07/2010