Driven by increasing concerns around product recall, a new Code of Conduct for UK businesses, sponsored by the Regulatory Delivery Directorate of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently being consulted on. techUK members are invited to submit views by 10 October 2016.
The law requires that products placed on the UK market must be safe, with the responsibility for ensuring that safety being borne by businesses across the supply chain.
The responsibilities imposed by the legislation include duties to:
• place on the market only safe products, supported by information on their correct use;
• warn consumers about potential product-related risks;
• monitor the safety of products;
• take corrective action if a product safety problem is identified
Although the vast majority of products are safe and do not become the subject of corrective action, having a planned course of action is critical in ensuring a timely and effective response should a safety issue or potential safety issue arise.
Businesses may experience potential recall situations rarely and this code is intended to make it easier to prepare to deal with such situations. The code provides practical guidance for businesses and does not replace or override any of the legal duties to which businesses are subject.
The PAS consists of two parts:
Part I: Code of practice for business which sets out practical guidance to help businesses:
• prepare to manage a possible safety related product recall or other corrective action;
• establish mechanisms to monitor the safety of products
• investigate any potential product safety issue;
• establish mechanisms to deal with any product safety issue identified;
• review corrective action programmes to ensure that product safety responsibilities continue to be met.
This part is focussed on consumer products and is intended for use by manufacturers, importers, distributors. The content could also be relevant for business to business supply.
Part II Guidance for regulators which sets out guidance for regulators on how they can support businesses in preparing for recall by:
• monitoring incidents and analyse data;
• supporting businesses in the preparation of their Corrective Action Plans (CAP);
• supporting businesses in their monitoring of incidents and their selection and implementation of appropriate corrective action; and
• responding proportionately where businesses fail to take appropriate and effective corrective action.
A copy of the draft PAS is available to download below. If you have any comments on the text, please send them to Susanne Baker by Monday 16 October.