The Home Electrical Safety All Party Parliamentary Group has launched a new inquiry into product recall and electrical product safety.
The inquiry comes at a time of increased focus on product safety following the tragic events at Grenfell. While the UK has a leading product safety regime, but campaigners point to flaws in the system such as an under-resourced enforcement.
Whilst a steering group was established in the wake of the Lynn Faulds Woods review, the only visible output has been the development of a new standard on product recall. The APPG’s inquiry, supported by NGO Electrical Safety First, wants to ‘help provide potential workable solutions’ for product safety.
techUK is seeking views from members on the following questions by Wednesday 14 February:
- Product Recall. Given the recent assessments of the problems affecting consumer product recall, such as the Lynn Faulds-Wood review and Working Group report, do you agree that insufficient progress has been made, and what steps would provide effective and achievable remedies?
- General Electrical Product Safety. Besides product recall, what do you consider to be the most significant risks to consumers posed by domestic electrical products, and how could these most effectively be mitigated?
- Brexit and Product Safety impacts: After Britain leaves the EU, what challenges and opportunities do you envisage for providing a product safety system that will protect consumers. What needs to be protected in terms of electrical safety and what must the UK Government need to improve in terms of legislation after the UK leaves the EU?
techUK will be coordinating an industry response. Please get in touch if you wish to contribute.