General Product Safety Regulations 2005

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th February 2016.

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Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden Conservative, Hertsmere

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23018, what steps he is taking to enforce the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Consumer products such as laser pens intended for use by consumers are regulated under The General Product Safety Regulations 2005. BIS is responsible for the legislation but it is enforced by Local Authority Trading Standards Services.

Under the rules, Trading Standards Officers have a range of powers available to them with regards enforcement of the legislation such as requirements to mark or to warn, or to issue withdrawal or recall notices. They also have the power to prosecute traders.

This is a well-established regime that has seen many hundreds of dangerous products taken off the market including laser pens.

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