Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of legislation governing the sale of recalled electrical products; and whether they have any plans to introduce legislation covering the sale of such products.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 places duties on manufacturers, importers and distributors of electrical equipment to ensure that where a safety issue is identified, appropriate action is taken to withdraw, recall or otherwise bring the equipment into conformity. Distributors, including retailers of second-hand goods, also have a duty to act with care to ensure that any products they sell meet the legal safety requirements. There are no plans to introduce any further legislation.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards operates an incident management procedure for managing consumer product safety incidents, to deliver on its wider purpose of protecting consumers and building public confidence in the product safety system. It also makes available information on recalled electrical products through its dedicated product recall website.

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