Legal and Administrative Principles


Practitioners must understand the powers they have to protect the public from the sale and supply of unsafe goods, including the documentation to be used and the process relating to product recall and forfeiture. They should be aware of the due diligence defence available to traders, and the precedents created by case law.

Core Learning Resources

 Guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987:

Product Safety Liability and Safety Law

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), 2018

 General Product Safety Regulations 2005:

Notification guidance for local authorities

Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), 2007

 Product Safety in Europe:

A guide to corrective action including recalls

European Commission (EC), 2004

Advice for producers and distributors



Product recall website, including weekly overviews of products posing serious risk

 RAPEX Operational Guidelines


 RAPEX Key Documents


 Product Safety for Manufacturers

BEIS and OPSS, 2018

Includes RAPEX notification forms for local authority use

Further Reading

 Product Recalls

Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)

 Manufacturers Guide to Recalls in the UK Automotive Sector

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), 2014