The UK Government has announced the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards that will oversee the challenges of product safety in the UK, identifying consumer risks and assist in the management and response to large scale product recall and repair programmes.
The establishment of the new body is one of the outcomes of the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety that focused on the existing and new challenges facing UK suppliers and consumers in product safety against a background of significant product innovation and the huge increase in online shopping including goods brought into the UK direct to the consumer from overseas.
The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will co-ordinate the work of the existing local authority Trading Standards teams and will provide support on a national basis across local authorities and with UK border control.
Andrew Griffiths, Business Minister and MP for Burton said;
The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will strengthen the UK’s already tough product safety regime and will allow consumers to continue to buy secure in the knowledge there is an effective system in place if products need to be repaired or replaced.
Following the announcement, Neil Gibbins, the Chair of the working group said;
It has been my mission to make the public safe since I joined the fire service nearly 40 years ago. That’s why I’m pleased to see the government respond to our recommendations with concrete steps to ensure the safety of consumers, now and in the future.