Product Safety Principles


Practitioners must have detailed knowledge of all the principles relating to the safety of goods for sale in or supply to the domestic market in the UK. They should understand the legislation as it relates to the manufacture of products and the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (covered in a separate module). They need to have a good understanding of the inter-relationship between consumers, products and the environment in which they can be used, as well as the impact of world and consumer trends on product safety and product safety controls.

Core Learning Resources

 Product Safety for Manufacturers

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

 Cosmetic Safety:

A Guide to the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008

BEIS, 2010

 Electrical Equipment - Requirement for Plugs and Sockets:

Guidance notes on the UK Plugs and Sockets Safety Regulations 1994

Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), 2007 (archived)

 Guidance on the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010

BEIS, 2013

 Toy Safety Directives

European Commission (EC)


Guidance documents from the expert group on toy safety


Includes guidance on the treatment of ‘grey zone’ products

Training Courses


Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe (Prosafe)

 E-learning College

Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) (subscription required)

Further Reading

 European Commission Product Directives

BEIS, 2016

 Aerosol Dispensers:

Guidance to the Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009

BEIS, 2011

 Gas Appliances:

Guidance notes on the UK Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations

DTI, 2014 (archived)

 Guide to the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006

Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR), 2008

 Personal Protective Equipment:

Guidance notes on the UK Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002

DTI, 2002 (archived)

  Used Tyre Recovery:

An introduction to applicable regulations in England and Wales

Tyre Industry Federation

 Product Safety: General Rules


Summaries of EU Legislation

Other Information

 Storing and Selling Fireworks

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

 Electrical Equipment Manufacturers

Regulations and responsibilities

 Toy Manufacturers and their Responsibilities

Both BEIS, 2012

 British Standards Institution (BSI)

UK’s national standards body



 Product Safety

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

 Gas Safe Register

Official list of qualified gas engineers

 Best Practice Guides

Electrical Safety First

Charity promoting safety and good practice in anything relating to electricity

 Publications and Resources

European Child Safety Alliance (ESA)

Operates out of RoSPA in Birmingham

 Cosmetic Products Notification Portal


 International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

World’s largest developer of voluntary international standards